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Zappa in 1977
|Birth name||Frank Vincent Zappa|
December 21, 1940|
Baltimore, Maryland, US
December 4, 1993 (aged 52)|
Los Angeles, California, US
|Genres||Progressive rock, jazz, experimental rock, alternative rock, classical|
|Instruments||Guitar, voice, bass, keyboards|
Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 - December 4, 1993) was an American musician and composer. He was known for his strange style of music, which was often weird and funny. He made various types of music and many albums. Zappa worked with many other musicans, most notably his 1960s group The Mothers of Invention and his friend and blues singer Captain Beefheart.
Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, but spent most of his life in Southern California. He grew up in Baltimore, in Florida, and in Monterey, Claremont and El Cajon, California. His mother was of French and Italian descent; his father was an immigrant from Sicily. Zappa had four children with his wife Gail. They gave them all very unusual names: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva.