Musically, Frank Zappa was always an outsider. He wouldn't conform to the rules and regulations usually (and repeatedly) enforced on to artists with record deals. Since the 1966 release of his debut album 'Freak Out', Zappa has been a constant voice for the people who aren't often ones to speak out.
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support acts like The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra. This group was called The Wrecking Crew, and they created some of the greatest and most influential songs, without receiving any of the credit for it. Beach Boys co-founder, Bryan Wilson, described how they were the most important part of that period in music. A documentary 12 years in the making, sheds some light on some of the unsung heroes of the musical industry in the 1960s.
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Jazz keyboardist, George Duke, died in L.A. on Monday 5th August. The 67-year-old was best known was his collaborations with other musicians such as Miles Davis and Frank Zappa.
George Duke, the American jazz musician, died in L.A. on Monday (August 5th). His cause of death has been confirmed by his family, as reported by the Washington Post, as chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. He was 67 years old.
George Duke at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and Tribute Concert to Herbie Hancock, held at The Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
His death was confirmed by Scherrie Payne, former Supremes singer, in a statement made on Wednesday (August 7th). Payne said: "I just received the devastating and sad news that the great musician, George Duke, passed away this evening."
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Date of birth
21st December, 1940
Date of death
4th December, 1993
Musically, Frank Zappa was always an outsider. He wouldn't conform to the rules and regulations...
Through the 1960s, a collection of Los Angeles musicians worked together in order to support...