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On April 28, 1969.

On April 28, 1969, “Bizarre” label released “An Evening with Wild Man Fischer”, the debut Wild Man Fischer album (Larry Fischer). It was recorded 1968 – 1969, at “Sunset Sound” and “The Log Cabin” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Frank Zappa.


  • Larry Fischer – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
  • Frank Zappa – guitar, various instruments, liner notes
  • The Mothers of Invention – piano, bass, drums
  • Art Tripp – percussion
  • Kim Fowley – recitation
  • Rodney Bingenheimer – recitation
  • The GTOs – recitation
  • Jerry Hansen – engineer
  • Cal Schenkel – art direction
  • Ed Caraeff – photography
  • Henry Diltz – cover photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Larry Fischer.

  1. Merry Go Round
  2. New Kind of Songs for Sale
  3. I’m Not Shy Anymore
  4. The Madness & Ecstasy – introduction by Kim Fowley and Rodney Bingenheimer
  5. Which Way Did the Freaks Go?
  6. I’m Working for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics
  7. The Leaves Are Falling
  8. 85 Times
  9. Cops & Robbers
  10. Monkey Versus Donkeys
  11. Start Life Over Again
  12. The Mope
  13. The Brand New
  14. Who Did It Johnny?
  15. Think of Me When Your Clothes Are Off
  16. Taggy Lee
  17. Rhonda
  18. I Looked Around You
  19. Jennifer Jones
  20. The Taster (fancy version)
  21. The Story of the Taster
  22. The Rocket Rock
  23. The Rocket Rock Explanation & Dialog
  24. Dream Girl
  25. Dream Girl Explanation
  26. Serrano (Sorrento?) Beach
  27. Success Will Not Make Me Happy
  28. Wild Man on the Strip Again
  29. Why I Am Normal
  30. The Wild Man Fischer Story
  31. Balling Isn’t Everything
  32. Ugly Beautiful Girl
  33. Larry & His Guitar
  34. Circle
  35. Larry Under Pressure

On November 30, 1999.

On November 30, 1999, Don Francis Bowman “Sugarcane” Harris died aged 61. He was musician (violin, guitar), a pioneer in amplification of the violin. He was member of the doo-wop band The Squires, the duo Don and Dewey, Pure Food and Drug Act, performed with Little Richard, recorded and performed with John Mayall & the Bluesbrakers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, John Lee Hooker, Harvey Mandel, Tupelo Chain Sex, Johnny Otis, Billy Bang, Freddie Roulette, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. As leader Harris released nine albums.wnie McGhee,

On November 10, 1997.

On November 10, 1997, Thomas J. Tedesco died aged 67. He was a musician (guitar), part of the loose collective of Los Angeles area’s session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. As he played on hundreds studio recordings, “Guitar Player” magazine described him as “the most recorded guitarist in music history”. He recorded with the Beach Boys, Chet Baker, the Mamas & the Papas, the Everly Brothers, the Association, Bobby Darrin, Barbra Streisand, Jan and Dean, the 5th Dimension, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Ricky Nelson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Franks, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Richard Harris, Peggy Lee, Johnny Rivers, Al Kooper, Michael Nesmith, Paul Anka, Don Ellis, Minnie Riperton, Maria Muldaur, Leon Russell, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, J.J. Cale, Quincy Jones, Stephen Bishop, Kenny Loggins, Jack Nitzsche, Sarah Vaughan, Lalo Schifrin, Randy Newman, Hugh Masakela, and Joan Baez. Tedesco performed on soundtracks including The French Connection, Jaws, The Godfather, Field of Dreams, and The Deer Hunter. As a leader he released ten albums.

On September 2, 2001.

On September 2, 2001, Jay Migliori died aged 70. He was a musician (saxophone), a founding member of Supersax, a Charlie Parker tribute band. Some artists he performed and recorded with include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, The 5th Dimension, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Gene Ammons, Paul Anka, David Axelrod, Hoyt Axton, The Byrds, Captain & Tennille, Harry Chapin, Leonard Cohen, Albert Collins, Dick Dale, Neil Diamond, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, The Manhattan Transfer, Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks, Esther Phillips, Helen Reddy, The Righteous Brothers, The Tubes, Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Williams, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young. As a leader, Migliori released three albums.


On August 27, 2013.

On August 27, 2013, “Heads Up Records”, and “Concord Records” labels released “Hacienda”, the eighth Jeff Lorber Fusion studio album. It was recorded in 2013, at “JHL Sound”, “Gong Vibe Mobile”, “Cocoa Butt Inc.”, “Studio 107”, and was produced by Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip


  • Jeff Lorber – guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, recording, mixing
  • Jean-Luc Ponty – violin
  • Jimmy Haslip – bass
  • David Mann – brass, flute, saxophone, horn arrangements, recording
  • Eric Marienthal – alto saxophone
  • Larry Koonse – guitar
  • Ed Mann – marimba, recording
  • Vinnie Coaliuta – drums
  • Dave Weckl – drums
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Michael Thompson – recording
  • Michael Brauer – mixing
  • Rich Breen – mastering
  • Raffi Minasian – cover
  • Janet Wolsborn – design
  • Greg Allen – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jeff Lorber, except where noted.

  1. Corinaldo
  2. Solar Wind
  3. King Kong – Frank Zappa
  4. The Steppe
  5. Hacienda
  6. Fab Gear
  7. Raptor
  8. Everlast – Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip
  9. Playa del Falco
  10. Escapade
  11. Dragonfly – Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip


On August 23, 1984.

On August 23, 1984, “Angel” label released “The Perfect Stranger”, an album featuring the music of Frank Zappa, conducted in part by Pierre Boulez. It was recorded January – April 1984, at “IRCAM” in Paris, and “UMRK” in Hollywood Hills, and was produced by Frank Zappa.


  • Frank Zappa– synclavier, liner notes
  • Pierre Boulez– conductor, direction
  • Péter Eötvös– musical director
  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard– piano
  • The London Symphony Orchestra
  • Ensemble InterContemporain– orchestra
  • Guy Arnaud – bass clarinet
  • Paul Meyer– clarinet
  • Jérôme Naulais– trombone
  • Antoine Curé– trumpet
  • Lawrence Beauregard – flute
  • Jacques Ghestem – violin
  • Marie-Claire Jamet– harp
  • Daniel Ciampolini – percussion
  • David Ocker – programming
  • John Matousek – mastering
  • Don Hunstein– photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank Zappa.

  1. The Perfect Stranger
  2. Naval Aviation in Art?
  3. The Girl in the Magnesium Dress
  4. Outside Now Again
  5. Love Story
  6. Dupree’s Paradise
  7. Jonestown

On August 5, 2013.

On August 5, 2013, George M. Duke died aged 67. He was a singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger, musician (keyboards), and professor of music. He worked with numerous artists such as Frank Zappa, Cannonball Adderley, John Heard, Nat Adderley, Stanley Clarke, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Lynn Davis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Billy Cobham, Sheila Escovedo, Jeffrey Osborne, Earth Wind & Fire, Kirk Whalum, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Flora Purim, and Al Jarreau.


On July 23, 1994.

On July 23, 1994, the “Astronomical Union” named the Asteroid 3834 (orbiting between Mars and Jupiter) “Zappafrank”, in honor of Frank Zappa, who died one year before. Zappafrank is not the first asteroid to be named after a rock musician;  Asteroids Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison already exist – and there
are others named after Oldfield (Mike Oldfield), Clapton (Eric Clapton) and Jarre (Jean-Michel Jarre and Maurice Jarre).

On July 20, 1977.

On July 20, 1977, Gary Kellgren died aged 38. He was an audio engineer and co-founder of “The Record Plant” recording studios (with Chris Stone). He worked with musicians John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Bobby Goldsboro, The Animals, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Frank Zappa, Sly, and the Family Stone, Velvet Underground, Rod Stewart, Ravi Shankar, Keith Moon, CSNY, Barbra Streisand, and Neil Diamond. He also worked with producers Chas Chandler, Jack Douglas, Robert Margouleff, Phil SpectorWes Farrell, Tom Wilson, and Bill Szymczyk.

On December 24, 2012.

On December 24, 2012, Ray Collins died aged 76. He was musician and singer, best known as member of The Mothers of Invention. Collins was the lead vocalist on most songs for their early albums, including Freak Out!, Absolutely Free, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets and Uncle Meat. In 1968 he quit The Mothers of Invention, but continued to contribute to other Frank Zappa projects in the 70s.