Frank Vincent Zappa[nb 1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) wis an American muisicker, sangwriter, componer, guitarist, record producer, actor an filmmakker. In a career spannin mair nor 30 years, Zappa componed rock, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral an musique concrète wirks, and produced awmaist aw o the 60-plus albums that he released wi his baund the Mothers of Invention an as a solo airtist. He an aa directit featur-lenth films an muisic videos, an designed album covers.

Frank Zappa
Zappa performing in Ekeberghallen, Oslo, on Januar 16, 1977
BornFrank Vincent Zappa
21 December 1940(1940-12-21)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Dee'd4 December 1993(1993-12-04) (aged 52)
Los Angeles, Californie, U.S.
Cause o daith
Prostate cancer
  • Muisicker
  • sangwriter
  • componer
  • conductor
  • record producer
  • activist
  • filmmaker
  • actor
  • author
  • unoffeecial ambassador tae Czechoslovakie
Years active1955–93
Poleetical pairty
Hauf-marrae(s)Kay Sherman (m. 1960–1964) Adelaide Gail Sloatman (m. 19671993)
Muisical career
OreiginLos Angeles, Californie, U.S.
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keybuirds
  • drums
  • percussion
Associate acts
Notable instruments


  1. Till discoverin his birth certificate as an adult, Zappa believed he haed been christened "Francis Vincent Zappa" efter his faither, an he is creditit as Francis on some o his early albums. The name on his birth certificate houever is "Frank", nae "Francis".[5]


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  2. Landy, Leigh (1994). Experimental Music Notebooks. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-3-7186-5554-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. "Comedy rock". Allmusic.
  4. Greene, Doyle (2016). Rock, Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, 1966–1970: How the Beatles, Frank Zappa and the Velvet Underground Defined an Era. McFarland. p. 182. ISBN 978-1-4766-2403-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. Zappa 1989, p. 15.