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Keyboardist of the original Mothers of Invention - performed and recorded with Zappa until 1974.
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Vocalist and guitarist - regular member of FZs studio and touring bands from 1978 until the last tour in 1988.
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Rock and blues guitarist, drafted into Zappa's band in 1976, forming a vocal harmony partnership with Ike Willis on tours in 1980 and 1984.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:58 pm 
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Tommy Mars
Keyboards from 1977 to 1982, part of Zappa's touring band, appeared in the movie Baby Snakes, and recorded on a number of Zappa albums.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 10:02 pm 
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Arthur Barrow
Best known for his stint as a bass guitar player for Frank Zappa in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:55 pm 
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Vinnie Colaiuta
1978 auditioned for FZ, worked as his principal drummer for studio and live performances - played on Tinsel Town Rebellion, Joe's Garage, and Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar etc.
(dreamed of drum sounds that would irritate a so called fan kinda guy...)
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Al Di Meola
"another great italian" - born Al Laurence Dimeola, July 22, 1954 in New Jersey - acclaimed American jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist and composer etc, performed with FZ at a concert at the Ritz in New York, 11/17/81. Di Meola refused a couple of releases with FZ (e.g. Clownz on Velvet).
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:58 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:27 am 
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Peter Wolf
Born August 26, 1952, Vienna - played keyboards for FZ in the late 1970s - Sheik Yerbouti / Joe's Garage / Tinsel Town / Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar - after his work with Zappa, went on to Group 87 with Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio etc.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 11:39 am 
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Don Preston
Keyboardist of the original Mothers of Invention - performed and recorded with Zappa until 1974.
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8)

The above is slightly inaccurate. Having failed the audition (because he couldn't play straight rock and roll music), Don did not join the band until the making of Album #2. The piano players on Album #1 are Eugene Di Novi, Les McCann, and Mac Rebennack (a/k/a Dr. John), and they weren't even members of the band. They were considered part of The Mothers' Auxiliary.

The original keyboardist of MOI is Van Dyke Parks, having joined the band in September 1966, which is subsequent to the release of Album #1. Don Preston joined the band, shortly thereafter.

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Don does great slight-of-hand card tricks. It looks like he's picking Frank's pocket. 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:27 pm 
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Thanks MNG - thats looks like glastonbury - when would that have been?
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Thanks MNG - thats looks like glastonbury - when would that have been?
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Vancouver Folk Festival 2006
Jericho Beach Park
on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia

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Bruce Fowler - trombonist extraordinaire 1972-75 and then 1988. The definitive Zappa brass player.

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Sal Marquez. Played on a few Zappa albums from '72 to '76.

Specialized in trumpets and flugel horns.

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Ruth Underwood (born Ruth Komanoff, May 23, 1946)
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Ruth Underwood is a retired professional musician, best known for playing xylophone, marimba, vibraphone and other percussion instruments in Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.

And she has a strong handshake.

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Terry "Ted" Bozzio: Drums & vocals from 1975 -Bongo Fury to 1984-Thing-Fish, YCDTOSA series, etc. A former missing person, part time devil mask wearer,Failed 1977 audition for Thin Lizzy.

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Scott Carter Thunes, aka "Nektor", aka "Throkton", was raised in San Anselmo, CA, and took up the bass at age ten, when "his mother and guitar playing older brother decided the family needed a bassist". In 1981, Thunes contacted Frank Zappa at the behest of his brother, who had himself tried unsuccessfully to audition for Zappa's group.
Scott is currently in the group 'Mother Hips.'

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Ernie Watts

(born October 23, 1945) is an American jazz and rhythm and blues musician. He plays saxophone (tenor, alto and soprano) and flute.

He is noted for playing "The Mystery Horn" (actually a Conn straight-necked C Melody Saxophone) solo on Frank Zappa's album The Grand Wazoo in 1972.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 6:24 am 
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Some great playing indeed , but he probably is best known from his brilliant work with Buddy Rich

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Some great playing indeed , but he probably is best known from his brilliant work with Buddy Rich

And touring with the Rolling Stones.

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Yeah his stones work was cool i'll bet he could have done that sleeping

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Elliot Engber(Winged Eel Fingerling)

The Mothers (1966) guitar
Video From Hell (1987) as himself
Freak Out! (1966) guitar
Lumpy Gravy (1968) guitar
Mothermania (1969) guitar
The Old Masters Box One Mystery Disc (1985) guitar
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5 (1992) guitar
The Lost Episodes (1996) guitar
The MOFO Project/Object (fazedooh) (2006) guitar
The MOFO Project/Object (2006) guitar
The Lumpy Money Project/Object (2009) guitar
Understanding America (2012) guitar
Burt Ward "Boy Wonder I Love You" / "Orange Colored Sky" (1966) guitar

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