Frank Zappa Biography (1940-1993)

Full name, Francis Vincent Zappa, Jr.; born December 21, 1940, in Baltimore,MD; died of prostate cancer, December 4, 1993, in Laurel Canyon, CA; son of Francis Vincent (a metallurgist and meteorologist) and Rose Marie (a librarian) Zappa; married Kay Sherman, 1960 (divorced, c. 1964); married Adelaide GailSloatman (in business), 1967 (some sources say 1969); children: (second marriage) Moon (an actress, singer, and artist; also known as Moon Unit Zappa), Dweezil (a musician, actor, and composer), Ahmet Emuukha Rodin (a musician, actor, and composer), Diva. Career: Musician, singer, composer, director, producer, actor, entrepreneur, and consultant. Soul Giants (band), performer, beginning in 1964; The Mothers (later The Mothers of Invention), band leader and performer; earlier bands include the Ramblers and the Black-Outs. Barking Pumpkin (record company), founder; Bizarre Records, founder (with others), 1968; Straight Records, founder (with others), 1968; founder of video companies Honker Home Video and Intercontinental Absurdities; associated with Zappa Records, Sheik Yerbouti (record company), Barfko-Swill (mail order distributors), and DiscReet (record company). Also worked as a windowdresser, a copywriter, and a door-to-door salesperson. Testified on censorship issues beforeU.S. Congress, 1985. Advisor on capitalism to Czechoslovakian president Vaclav Havel, 1989; culture, tourism, and trade minister for Czechoslovakia, 1990.Awards, Honors: Grammy Award nomination, best male rock vocal, 1979,for "Dancin' Fool"; Grammy Award nomination, best rock instrumental, 1979, for "Rat Tomago"; Grammy Award nomination (with Moon Unit Zappa), best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal, 1982, for "Valley Girl"; Grammy Awardnomination, best new classical composition, 1984, for The Perfect Stranger; Grammy Award, best instrumental rock music performance, and Grammy Award nomination, best instrumental composition, both 1987, for Jazz from Hell; posthumously inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1995.

Musician, singer, composer, director, producer, actor, consultant
Birth Details
December 21, 1940
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Death Details
December 21, 1993
Laurel Canyon, California, United States

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