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Monday, 23 February 2015

Ray Collins hired Zappa

Ray Collins met Zappa in 1961 after noticing him perform at the Sportsman Tavern in his local Pomona. Collins is mainly responsible for hiring Zappa in 1964 to handle guitar for his bar band the "Soul Giants", a group that involved Jimmy Carl Black and Roy Estrada. FZ joined the band after his arrest on pornography charges .Zappa insisted that the band perform unique material, switching their name to "The Mothers".


Zappa joined the group after Collins fired the guitarist Ray Hunt. How the firing really went down, though, is the topic of some hypothesis: Zappa stated in one interview that Collins "punched his lights out." Collins, however, recalled it in another way, with no punching involved.

Record producer Tom Wilson signed the group to Verve Records and at the point debut album "Freak Out!" shown up in 1966 the band added "of Invention" to their name and Zappa had turn into the creative leader.

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Frank Zappa is considered to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the late twentieth century. Between the start of his career in the late fifties and his death in 1993 he recorded and rele..


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