Frank Zappa









Frank Zappa

was an American composer, musician, and film director. Born on December 21, 1940 and he died on December 4, 1993. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was of Greek-Arab and Italian descent. His career lasted for more than 30 years. He made his mark as an electric guitar player, composer, and a band leader. He wrote for rock bands, jazz, synthesizers and symphony orchestra. He also created short films, music videos, and album covers. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Some believed that Zappa used drugs but he was very much against recreational use of drugs. He was married two times. His first wife was Kathryn Sherman from 1960 to 1964. They had no children together. His second marriage was to Adelaide Gail Sloatman and he was with her until his death from prostrate cancer in 1993. They had four children together. Gail is managing the business of her late husband under the company name, Zappa Family Trust.

Zappa achieved major commercial success as well as composing, recording, touring, producing and merchandising his and also other’s music. He released more than 60 albums as a solo artist.He received many Grammy nominations and won for Best rock Instrumental Performance in 1988 for the album, Jazz From Hell.Zappa collected many records and had a large collection that he kept all of his life. His composing and arranging began in his high school years. He began his career by playing the drums. He was also interested in percussion instruments and was a singer. He later played the guitar also. In 1957 he was given his first guitar . And moved to Los Angeles in 1959 and stayed there for most of the rest of his life. He became one of the most highly regarded electric guitarists of his time. Two of his first films were The World’s greatest Sinner, in 1962 and Run Home Slow, in 1965. He began playing around Los Angeles and bought a small recording studio. While at Studio Z, Zappa was offered $100 to produce a suggestive tape for a customer’s stag party so he accepted the offer. He and a female friend jokingly faked an erotic recording. The particular customer who hired him was an undercover member of the Vice Squad and Zappa was jailed for 10 days on charges of supplying porn. This left a permanent mark on his record. During Zappa’s final years, he edited CD collections of concert recordings he had made throughout his career. He left many orchestra works unfinished and it was said that he had hundreds of them left unfinished at the time of his death.