Friday, March 4, 2011

Frankday (The Soul Giants)


Zappa originally joined James Black's group, The Soul Giants, in 1964, Jimmy was the drummer with The Mothers, but as Black once explained it, "three days later he took it over" and changed it to the Mothers of Invention. "[He said] 'if you guys learn my music, I'll make you rich and famous'," Black continued. "He took care of half of that promise, because I'm damn sure I didn't get rich."

The Mothers split up in 1969... when Zappa fired everyone. "We all just got a phone call from him stating that he had decided to break up the band and your salary has ended as of last week," Black said in an old interview. "That is pretty cold."

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