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Beat the Boots: 'Tis the Season to Be Jelly (Live)

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Recorded live in Sweden in 1967, this spotlights the humor of the early Mothers on a parody medley of doo-wop and early rock & roll that is both reverent and sardonic. "King Kong" and "It Can't Happen Here," on the other hand, show them equally interested in contemporary avant-garde compositions.

Biography

Born: 21 December 1940 in Baltimore, MD

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Composer, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Frank Zappa was a singular musical figure during a performing and recording career that lasted from the 1960s to the '90s. His disparate influences included doo wop music and avant-garde classical music; although he led groups that could be called rock & roll bands for much of his career, he used them to create a hybrid style that bordered on jazz and complicated, modern serious music, sometimes inducing orchestras to play along. As if his music were...
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