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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Pianist and bandleader Jay McShann, a strong exponent of the Kansas City blues, was born this day in 1909 in Muskogee, Okla.
KEN FRANCKLING, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Jan. 11-17.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2002 with 10 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Frank Zappa, who was born in 1940; Ray Hildebrand, "Paul" of the duo Paul and Paula, also in 1940 (age 62); Albert Lee in 1943 (age 59); Beach Boy guitarist Carl Wilson in 1946; and Betty Wright in 1953 (age 49).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 21-27.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

New Orleans rockers The Radiators spent the weekend partying with a group of fans at the Atlantis Resort complex in the Bahamas.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include famed producer and talent scout John Hammond Sr., who was born in 1910; Chad Stuart of Chad and Jeremy fame in 1943 (age 59); Commodores drummer Walter Orange and Ace Kefford, bassist with The Move, both in 1946 (age 56); ZZ Top
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Harry Chapin, who was born in 1942; country's Gary Morris in 1948 (age 54); Tom Waits in 1949 (age 53); and Psychedelic Furs' Tim Butler in 1958 (age 44).
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 7-13.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Freddy Cannon, who was born in 1940 (age 62); Bob Mosley of Moby Grape, and Chris Hillman of the Byrds and later the Flying Burrito Brothers, both in 1942 (age 60); Dennis Wilson, drummer with the Beach Boys, in 1944; Southside J
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Andy Williams, who was born in 1930 (age 72); John Cale of the Velvet Underground in 1940 (age 62); Ozzy Osbourne in 1948 (age 54); Mickey Thomas of the Elvin Bishop Band, and also Jefferson Starship, in 1949 (age 53); Nicky Stev
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Britney Spears is out of the restaurant business, at least for now.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Nov. 30-Dec. 6.
By United Press International

Rock News; Music's high and low notes

Dennis Hopper, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Sheryl Crow and Britney Spears are among the celebrities featured on the NBC-TV Thanksgiving Day special "Elvis Lives."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include C.W. McCall, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Clyde McPhatter of the Dominoes, and also The Drifters, in 1931; Petula Clark in 1932 (age 70); Annifrid "Frida" Anderson of ABBA in 1945 (age 57); former Heart bassist Steve Fossen in
By United Press International
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Frank Zappa
Dweezil Zappa performs a song with his late father Frank Zappa on a video screen during a concert at the Grand Rex theater in Paris on October 5, 2007. Zappa organized his "Zappa Plays Zappa" tour with the goal of bringing the music of his father Frank Zappa to a younger audience. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

While in his teens, he acquired a taste for percussion-based avant-garde composers such as Edgard Varèse and 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar. He was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often impossible to categorize. His 1966 debut album with The Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was one of rock, jazz or classical. He wrote the lyrics to all his songs, which—often humorously—reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock and jazz history. He is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

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