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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Nov. 9-15.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include jazz trumpeter Al Hirt, who was born in 1922; Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary in 1937 (age 65); Dee Clark in 1938; Johnny Rivers in 1942 (age 60); Joni Mitchell in 1943 (age 59); and Nick Gilder in 1951 (age 51).
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(Nov. 2)
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's Halloween birthdays include folk singer/songwriter Tom Paxton, who was born in 1937 (age 65); Argent guitarist Russ Ballard in 1947 (age 55); Bernard Edwards of Chic in 1952; Tony Brook of the Babys in 1953 (age 49); Simply Red's Tony Bowers in 19
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 26-Nov. 1.
By United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Project/Object, the most successful of the Frank Zappa repertory groups, returns to New York City this Halloween with Zappa veterans Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock fronting the group.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Ben E. King, who was born in 1938 (age 64); Steppenwolf bassist Nick St. Nicholas in 1943 (age 59); 10cc's Paul Burgess in 1950 (age 52); Jennifer Rush in 1960 (age 42); and Moon Unit Zappa, daughter of Frank Zappa, in 1967 (age
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 28-Oct. 4.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Ray Charles, who was born in 1932 (age 70); Roy Buchanan in 1939 (age 63); Lovin' Spoonful's Steve Boone, and Spanish pop singer Julio Iglesias, both in 1943 (age 59); Iron Butterfly's Ron Bushy in 1945 (age 57); Neal Smith, with
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly package of Today in Music for Sept. 21-27.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Jimmie Rodgers, whose song "Honeycomb" topped the charts in 1957. Rodgers was born in 1933 (age 69). Frankie Avalon was born in 1940 (age 62); Alan King of Ace in 1946 (age 56); Kerry Livgren of Kansas in 1949 (age 53); Ramones'
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly Today in Music package for Sept. 14-20.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include John Stewart of the Kingston Trio, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Joe "Speedo" Frazier of The Impalas in 1943 (age 59); Al Stewart in 1945 (age 57); the late Freddie Mercury of Queen was born in 1946; Buddy Miles and Loudon Wainw
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2002 with 117 to follow.
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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