Frank Zappa would have been 80 years old this week.
He was one artist who everyone found hard to pigeonhole which is good. He composed everything from pop, jazz and rock to orchestral.
His debut album in 1966 was called Freak Out and then released a further six albums before the sixties had finished. Arguably, his best-known album is Hot Rats from 1969. In 1970, he released three albums, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Chunga’s Revenge.
Throughout his early career he was back by his regular band known as the Mothers of Invention until he broke up the band in 1969.
In December 1971 whilst on stage at Casino de Montreux in Switzerland, the band’s equipment was destroyed when a flare set off by an audience member started a fire that burned down the casino. This incident was immortalised in the song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple.
He died of prostate cancer in December 1993 shortly before his 53rd birthday.
Let’s enjoy this live performance of Dancing Fool from 1981.