Last year, when I went to see Dweezil Zappa playing his father's music, an old guy with a pony tail sitting in front of me turned and asked me if I knew “Weasels Ripped My Flesh.” He told me a story about sitting in a bar in Los Alamos, watching a trio, and realizing the drummer was Jimmy Carl Black. He went home between sets and got his copy of “Weasels” so Black could autograph it.
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Black was one of the founding members of the Mothers of Invention. Last week, a friend sent me this marvelous video
(sorry, YouTube won't let me embed it) of a TV news story from around 1980 of Frank Zappa playing Albuquerque. He invites Black, who was living in Albuquerque at the time, to come up on stage and sing some of their old favorites.
I immediately set off in search of Black, wondering if he still lived here. This morning I got my answer
Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, a band that helped define the sub-genre of art rock, died of cancer Saturday. He was 70.
He died in Siegsdorf, Germany, according to Roddie Gilliard, who performed with Black in recent years as part of the Muffin Men, a British group that specialized in performing Zappa's music live.
Anybody know anything about Black's life here in New Mexico? I'd love to have the story fleshed out.