Thursday, November 6, 2008

The "Indian Of The Group" Has Gone To The Happy Hunting Ground

Former Frank Zappa Drummer Jimmy Carl Black has Passed Away.

Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, passed away this past weekend after a bout with lung cancer. He was 70.
Black, the self-proclaimed “Indian of the group", served with the Mothers from their acclaimed 1966 debut Freak Out! (a sneering farce about rock music and America as a whole) until Zappa’s 1970 album Weasels Ripped My Flesh.
Black also played a noticeable role in the Zappa film 200 Motels, where he sang “Lonesome Cowboy Burt”.

In his post-Mothers career, Black played in several bands, including a stint with Captain Beefheart, Geronimo Black (which Black fronted) and the Zappa tribute bands like the Grandmothers and the Muffin Men.
Jimmy passed away peacefully Saturday (11/01/08).

A benefit for Black will be held November 9th at the Bridgehouse II in London.

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