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On June 27, 1966.

Freak Out!

On June 27, 1966, “Verve” label released “Freak Out!” the debut Mothers of Invention album. It was recorded in March 1996, at “Sunset-Highland Studios of T.T.G. Inc” in Hollywood, and was produced by Tom Wilson. In 1999, “Freak Out” was honored with the “Grammy Hall of Fame Award”.In 2003, “Rolling Stone ranked it at number 246 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.


  • Frank Zappa– guitar, conductor, vocals
  • Jimmy Carl Black– percussion, drums, vocals
  • Ray Collins– vocals, harmonica, cymbals, sound effects, tambourine, finger cymbals, bobby pin & tweezers
  • Roy Estrada– bass & guitarron, boy soprano
  • Elliot Ingber– alternate lead & rhythm guitar
  • Gene Estes – percussion
  • Eugene Di Novi – piano
  • Kurt Reher – cello
  • Raymond Kelley– cello
  • Paul Bergstrom – cello
  • Emmet Sargeant – cello
  • Joseph Saxon – cello
  • Edwin V. Beach – cello
  • Arthur Maebe – French horn, tuba
  • Motorhead Sherwood– noises
  • Kim Fowley– hypophone
  • Mac Rebennack– piano
  • Paul Butterfield– vocals
  • Les McCann– piano
  • Neil Le Vang– guitar
  • John Rotella – clarinet, sax
  • Carol Kaye– 12-string guitar
  • Jeannie Vassoir– the voice of Cheese
  • Engineering director: Val Valentin
  • Engineers: Ami, Tom, Val Valentin
  • Assistant: Eugene Dinovi, Neil Levang, Vito, Ken Watson
  • Musical director: Frank Zappa
  • Orchestration: Frank Zappa
  • Arranger: Frank Zappa
  • Cover design: Jack Anesh

Track listing:

All tracks by Frank Zappa, except where noted.

  1. Hungry Freaks, Daddy
  2. I Ain’t Got No Heart
  3. Who Are the Brain Police?
  4. Go Cry on Somebody Else’s Shoulder – Frank Zappa, Ray Collins
  5. Motherly Love
  6. How Could I Be Such a Fool
  7. Wowie Zowie
  8. You Didn’t Try to Call Me
  9. Any Way the Wind Blows
  10. I’m Not Satisfied
  11. You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here
  12. Trouble Every Day
  13. Help, I’m a Rock(Suite in Three Movements)
  • Okay to Tap Dance
  • In Memoriam, Edgard Varèse
  • It Can’t Happen Here
  1. The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet(Unfinished Ballet in Two Tableaux)
  • Ritual Dance of the Child-Killer
  • Nullis Pretii (No Commercial Potential)

On April 21, 2003.

Nina Simone

On April 21, 2003, Eunice Kathleen Waymon aka Nina Simone, died aged 70. She was singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. In her career, Simone has recorded more than forty albums. Many famous musicians have cited Simone as their influence, among the others: Aretha Franklin, Adele, David Bowie, Antony and the Johnsons, Dianne Reeves , Sade , Beyoncé,  Janis Joplin , Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley, Van Morrison, Elkie Brooks, Lena Horne, Bono, Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, Elton John, Alicia Keys and Lana Del Rey. John Lennon cited Simone’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” as a inspiration for the Beatles’ song “Michelle”.

For her work, Simone received various awards including:

  • In 2000, “Grammy Hall of Fame Award”for her interpretation of “I Love You, Porgy”
  • Honorary degrees in music and humanities, from the “University of Massachusetts Amherst” and “Malcolm X College”
  • Honorary degree by the “Curtis Institute of Music”
  • In 2002, city of Nijmegen, in Netherlands, named a street the “Nina Simone straat
  • In 2009, Simone was inducted into the “North Carolina Music Hall of Fame”
  • In 2010, her home town Tryon, in North Carolina, placed her statue in the “Trade Street”


On February 26, 1977.

Bukka White

On February 26, 1977, Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White died aged 67. Being one of the best known and most influential Delta blues guitarist and singers. “Bukka” White, was posthumously inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame” in 1990.On November 21, 2011, the “Recording Academy” announced that his song “Fixin’ to Die Blues” was to be added to its 2012 list of “Grammy Hall of Fame Award” recipients.

On January 19, 1998.

Carl Perkins

On January 19, 1998, Carl Lee Perkins died aged 66. His song “Blue suede shoes” was the first “Sun Records” label million seller. Called “The King of rockabilly”, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame” and was a “Grammy Hall of Fame Award” recipient.