Frank Zappa and the US Navy Marching Band – Non-LOUIE of the Week

I’m very excited about the new documentary that Alex Winter is producing on Frank Zappa.

Would you believe this project is the highest-funded documentary ever on Kickstarter? … and the Kickstarter campaign is ending in 30 hours!

While I may be somewhat jealous, and I am also in complete awe over the fact that this […]

RIP: Gail Zappa, wife of Frank

Gail Zappa, beloved wife to Frank, mother for Dweezil, Moon, Ahmet & Diva, and keeper of the Zappa legacy, has left us.

The official Frank Zappa Facebook page provided this statement:

January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015

Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on […]

Zappa & Mothers open for Lenny Bruce with “Plastic People” – LOUIE of Week

To start 2014 with a bang, the first LOUIE of Week shall be a vintage recording of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, opening for Lenny Bruce at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco sometime in June 1966.

The very first song of this set was “PLASTIC PEOPLE” – an inspired […]

Frank Zappa and Howard Stern 1984 – LOUIE of the Week

Here’s an odd little bit I’m surprised I didn’t find sooner – Frank Zappa appearing on Howard Stern‘s radio show, playing a little bit of LOUIE LOUIE together back in 1984.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZQSMZNPs_Q

On Howard Stern’s HowardStern.com website, this particular moment is considered #98 of the of the “Top 101 Musical Performances onThe Howard […]

Frank Zappa and LOUIE LOUIE

FRANK ZAPPA and “LOUIE LOUIE”

(This was originally part of an article originally written for SOCIETY PAGES fanzine in 1996, and has since been altered a few times as more information is discovered about this subject)

Of all artists to ever perform the song “LOUIE LOUIE,” no other artist has performed it in so […]

Frank Zappa – LOUIE of the Week, KFJC Mayhem, and other Zappa memories

For the past couple of days, I’ve been thinking about Frank Zappa. One of my favorite experiences seeing Zappa live took place in 1980 at the Berkeley Community Theater, in Berkeley, CA.

At the time, there was a bit crazy chaos in getting a bunch of friends together to see this particular show. […]

Today is Frank Zappa Day!

Today is officially Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore. Mayor Sheila Dixon has declared it so. Last week, Baltimore’s public art commission decided that it will erect a bust of Zappa outside a public library. The statue of Zappa was donated over a year ago by a Lithuanian Zappa fan club. Since that time, city […]

Whole lotta Zappa

As administrator of a website that receives a lot of traffic from fellow Frank Zappa fans, I feel it is my duty to pass along some information about a special auction that just started.

Here’s some recycled words from a press release:

For all of the Zappa webmasters, fanatical fans and serious collectors, we’d […]

Frank Zappa’s Last LOUIE

Here’s a video I didn’t know existed until now. On my Frank Zappa & LOUIE LOUIE page, I documented all the known instances where Frank Zappa utilized elements from this iconic rock song. I mentioned that Yellow Shark, the last project released before his death in 1993, contained a track entitled “Welcome to the United […]

Frank Zappa – “Do you want Grace Slick to sing LOUIE LOUIE?”

“Do you want Grace Slick to sing LOUIE LOUIE? Would that be the ultimate get-off for a Fillmore East audience or what?”

Damn, I loved hearing that phrase spoken by Frank Zappa at a Mothers of Invention show at a Fillmore East concert recorded on on November 14, 1970! I don’t think the Jefferson […]