100 Ways Frank Zappa Influenced Who You Listen To Now

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You may not know who Frank Zappa is, chances are if you’re under 40 you don’t. Maybe you do, but are wondering why you should care about this total freak show who created vulgar über wacko performance art concerts before that was cool? Oh and now you want to know when I’m going to get to the point?

I can’t possibly tell you everything you should know about him. I can tell you this. Back in the olden days, I was creating a mix tape for my other blog and I was trying to narrow down some ideas on who I would include in a 70s mix.  Everyone came back to Frank Zappa. Little Feat – they met while playing with Frank Zappa. You know the song Smoke on The Water? Well it’s about an accident Frank Zappa had at a concert:

We all came out to Montreux,
On the Lake Geneva shoreline.
To make records with a mobile,
We didn’t have much time.
But Frank Zappa and the Mothers,
Were at the best place around,
But some stupid with a flair gun,
Burned the place to the ground.
Smoke on the water and fire in the sky.
Smoke on the water…

So Deep Purple was there, at the Montreux Casino in Switzerland, when some crazy Zappa fan shot off a flare gun that caused the whole Casino to burn down. And you didn’t even realize that without Frank Zappa you wouldn’t even be able to jam to Smoke on the Water.

Frank had a gift for identifying and attracting amazingly talented musicians. Did you know you might never have heard of Missing Persons, Talking Heads, King Crimson,The Doors, Berlin, Steely Dan if it wasn’t for Frank Zappa?

Maybe you’re more of an 80’s fan? Did you know it was one of his discoveries that wrote and produced this little number to win an Academy Award?

 

This band? No Frank Zappa – no Grand Funk Railroad

 

What’s that you said? Sting and Frank respected each other so much that Sting decided to join Frank on stage in Chicago and let them Zappaize Murder by Numbers?

 

Right, and some guy named John Lennon decided to hang out on stage with Frank and his band.

 

And you know Frank had some great advice, Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow

 

And then there are the musicians who played in bands you know so well, or who supported the amazing vocalists of our time!

 

Arthur Barrow who played mostly bass and composed, played with The Doors, Joe Cocker (the 91/2 Weeks Soundtrack), Diana Ross, Janet Jackson, Nina Hagen, Berlin (for which he won an Academy Award), Charlie Sexton, Oingo Boingo, The Motels.
He did the soundtracks for: Top Gun, Scarface, The Doors, The Breakfast Club, The Never Ending Story, Electric Dreams, Quicksilver D.C. Cab, Iron Eagle, and The Twilight Zone.

Max Bennett played Bass Guitar with Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez through the 1970s.[1] He also recorded with Charlie Mariano, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, Bill Holman, Stan Levey, Lou Levy, Coleman Hawkins and Jack MontroseThe Monkees and The Partridge FamilyJoe Sample, Larry Carlton and John Guerin.

Terry Bozzio percussionist extraordinaire played with Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson, Dokken, Richard Marx, Duran Duran and The Knack, to name a few.

Michael Brecker saxophonist (won 15 Grammy Awards!) played with Todd Rundgren, Patti Austin, George Benson, Pat Methany, Art Garfukel, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea, Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Dave Brubeck…. and more!

His brother Randy Brecker  – trumpet -Played with George Benson, Blood Sweat and Tears, Gato Barbieri, Lou Reed, and many jazz musicians you would recognize if you heard!

Don Brewer – Percussion – Founding member, and current member of Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Eric Clapton. Did I say Eric Clapton?

Vinnie Colaiuta - drummer – Played with Joni Mitchell, Sting, Megadeath.

Chuck Domanico backed up Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, Taj Mahal, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, and the group Manhattan Transfer.

Steve Vai who was a crucial member of David Lee Roth,Whitesnake, and Meat Loaf

Aynsley Dunbar on drums founding member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, played with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Nils Lofgren, Journey, Sammy Hagar, Jefferson Starship, and Whitesnake.

Tom Malone was the trombone player for The Blues Brothers.

Jean Luc-Ponty Violin, if you don’t know him you need to.

I’m getting tired!

And who couldn’t wait to be a part of Frank Zappa’s next project?

Terry Gilliam – Yes of Monty Python

John Lennon – guessing you know who that is and his wife Yoko.

Linda Ronstadt

Sting

Tina Turner

 

am I done yet? There is just…..so…..much…..

Give Frank a try, he left an amazing legacy behind. He was crazy, wild, amazingly talented, free thinking, and innovative. Everyone wanted to know him, the musicians of his time wanted to play with him, and he was just as happy to have everyone around.

In my darkest days, Frank can lift my spirits…

Why Does it Hurt When I Pee?

 

Montana (If you ever hear me say I’m going to be a Dental Floss Tycoon, now you’ll know why)

 

Oh right! And I love this one too! Cosmik Debris (I chose the studio version, his live stuff is fantastic and a must see, but if you want to hear the amazing musicians and production, well we go to the studio folks)

 

I know, I can’t count. How about you? Do you have a favorite Frank Zappa song or story? Or maybe an origin story about another band? I’d love to hear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit

Jen Kehl:

This just blows me away. Having listened to the song I can say conclusively Zeppelin did them wrong. However not so thrilled that the family came forward after the song writer passed. You decide.

Originally posted on TIME:

For decades, Led Zeppelin has faced claims that they plagiarized their iconic 1971 hit “Stairway to Heaven” from the rock band Spirit. Now it looks like Zeppelin is headed for a difficult legal battle.

Back in May, family members of Spirit frontman Randy Craig Wolfe (a.k.a Randy California) filed the suit against Zeppelin, seeking monetary damages and a writing credit for the now-deceased Wolfe, NBC Philadelphia reports. Wolfe’s family claims that Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page ripped off the chords for “Stairway to Heaven” from Spirit’s 1968 tune “Taurus.” (The two bands at one point toured together and had thus become familiar with each other’s music.)

Now, Zeppelin and their music companies have requested that the case be dismissed, as the “individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at…

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Old School Disco New Year’s Eve Playlist – Boogie Fever!

 

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I’m the 70’s pop culture junkie and frankly, New Year’s Eve isn’t New Year’s Eve without disco. And I don’t mean some new fangled discotheque music. What the heck is a discotheque anyway? Or is it Disco Teka? Whatever it is, that’s not what I’m talking about it. What I’m talking about here is Shaking Your Groove Thang, you know – get down tonight?

Don’t bother trying to deny it. There ain’t no way to stop it, the music starts…maybe a little Commodores? Your head starts bobbing, maybe your shoulders start moving to the rhythm. That’s all right, you don’t have to get out on the dance floor, but your hips are having a party while you’re not even paying attention.

It’s a New Year’s Eve Disco Playlist, because you all know you want one. Turn that party ON people! Nobody’s body doesn’t want to move to the groove, I promise you. But pop in some Sarah Machlaclan for New Year’s and I can bet you everyone’s going home early.

 

Old School Disco Music For New Year’s Eve

Did you know if you click on the bottom YouTube Playlist you can just click play all and have a party right from your computer?

Best of My Love – The Emotions

Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder

Boogie Fever – The Sylvers

Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Michael Jackson

Boogie Wonderland – Earth Wind and Fire

Let it Whip – The Dazz Band

Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel – Tavares

Fantasy – Earth Wind and Fire

Knock on Wood – Amii Stewart

Disco Inferno – The Trammps

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

Le Freak – Chic

(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & The Sunshine Band

Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches and Herb

That’s the Way (I Like It) – KC & The Sunshine Band

We Are Family – Sister Sledge

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry

Jungle Boogie – Kool and The Gang