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.