Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa (was born on 21 December 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, singer,  songwriter, and also known as a bandleader. Zappa’s career spans more than 30 years, he composed rock to metal, pop, and orchestral and produced almost all of the above 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention, and as a solo artist made his career all by himself. Zappa also directed feature-length albums and music videos, and album covers. He is considered one of the most famous and innovative musicians of his generation.

Zappa was a self-taught composer and a performer, he had various musical influences that led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to identify and categorize. While in his 20th-century he acquired classical modernism and African-American rhythm and blues. 

Career and Musical Interests

Zappa joined his first band in his teen at Mission Bay High School in San Diego as a drummer. And at that same time, his parents bought a phonograph, which allowed him to develop his interest more in music and to build up his new record collections.

By 1956, the Zappa family had migrated to Lancaster, in small aerospace and a farming town in the Antelope Valle. Zappa’s mother encouraged and supported his son in his musical interests. Although she disliked Varèse’s and metal music, she was indulgent enough to give her son a long-distance call to the New York composer as a fifteenth birthday present.


Zappa died from prostate cancer on 4 December 1993, just before 17 days of his 53rd birthday at his home beside his wife and children. At a private ceremony the following day, his body was buried in a grave at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, in Los Angeles California on 6TH December.

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