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Ike Willis

By the end of the 70's Zappa was looking for a second front man. It should be someone with talent and presence of a Napoleon Murphy Brock but on the other hand totally different. Anyway, he should take the substantial vocal parts Zappa wanted to restrain from.

The singer and guitarist met Frank Zappa in 1977 at a concert in the backstage area. Zappa engaged him and so he's been a band member since 1988, except the tours in 1981 and 1982. This was the time when such succinct albums as Joe´s Garage, Thing-Fish, Tinseltown Rebellion und You Are What You Is developed, with his expressive and unmistakable voice.

On Joe´s Garage he can „only“ be heard as singer, later then as guitarist, too. He can't say which song has impressed him most or which has been the most complicated one. They are all different and belong to such various categories so it's impossible for him to decide.

So Ike Willis is the one who's been for the longest time in Zappa's permanently changing line-ups. Ike had the impression that when they met Zappa had lost the fun, although he's been enormously productive. Fortunately that changed from album to album and Zappa got back to his motto  "The stupider it is, the better we like it!".

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Denny Walley

He has been acquainted with Frank Zappa since childhood. Back then he was friends with Frank's brother Bobby and sometimes they listened to the band rehearsals. He has also known Don Van Vliet and Jim Sherwood since then. He started his own musical development in the early 70's at Geronimo Black, the formation of ex Mothers Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Ray Collins. Evidence of this collaboration, which existed for two years, is the only album Geronimo Black from 1972. In 2008 a compilation named Welcome Back with demos, studio and live recordings has been made available via download.

In 1975 he joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers as guitarist on the Bongo-Fury-Tour. His old mate Don Van Vliet, by now Captain Beefheart, was very impressed with Denny's singing and guitar play and so he asked him if he would like to accompany him on his tour in the US and Europe. This was the beginning of a two years lasting liaison, and unfortunately only very few material exists from this time. Merely the track „Hoboism“ and the original recordings of „Bat Chain Puller“ bear testimony to the Blues which Denny brought into the Magic Band.

In the fall of 1978 and spring of 1979 he toured again twice with Zappa. Furthermore he participated in the recordings of Joe´s Garage and You Are What You Is and he can be heard on the album Tinseltown Rebellion and other live compilations.

After Zappa's much too early death Walley continued to play music. With several formations (Mats & Morgan amongst others) he made Zappa's work living on. In 1997 his CD Spare Parts was published, and besides Suicide Chump and Bamboozled By Love he recorded also pieces from other interpreters which have had influence on him. This CD is considered an outstanding Blues release.

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Patrice ‚Candy‘ Zappa

Patrice Zappa ist Frank Zappa's “little” sister. Her brother Karl always called her Candy because she was so sweet.

Already at the age of 13 she performed with her brother Frank and Ray Collins at the Pit. The Pit was a restaurant which her father had acquired somewhere between 1962 and 1963. It was located at Foothill Boulevard, Upland in California.

Later she performed the music from her brother Frank amongst others together with Nigey Lennon, the Ed Palermo Big Band and with Project/Object.

She has been invited as “Special Guest” to Zappanale #13, where the Zappa statue had been inaugurated together with a  lot of other international  guests.

2003 she published her book "My Brother Was A Mother".

2011 Candy published the album "To Be Perfectly Frank", which contains both Zappa compositions and miscellaneous audio comments.

She also has written the preface for the jubilee book „25 years of Zappanale“.

Interview by Andrew Greenaway: http://idiotbastard.com/Interviews/CandyZappa.htm

 

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Denny Walley

He has been acquainted with Frank Zappa since childhood. Back then he was friends with Frank's brother Bobby and sometimes they listened to the band rehearsals. He has also known Don Van Vliet and Jim Sherwood since then. He started his own musical development in the early 70's at Geronimo Black, the formation of ex Mothers Jimmy Carl Black, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Ray Collins. Evidence of this collaboration, which existed for two years, is the only album Geronimo Black from 1972. In 2008 a compilation named Welcome Back with demos, studio and live recordings has been made available via download.

In 1975 he joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers as guitarist on the Bongo-Fury-Tour. His old mate Don Van Vliet, by now Captain Beefheart, was very impressed with Denny's singing and guitar play and so he asked him if he would like to accompany him on his tour in the US and Europe. This was the beginning of a two years lasting liaison, and unfortunately only very few material exists from this time. Merely the track „Hoboism“ and the original recordings of „Bat Chain Puller“ bear testimony to the Blues which Denny brought into the Magic Band.

In the fall of 1978 and spring of 1979 he toured again twice with Zappa. Furthermore he participated in the recordings of Joe´s Garage and You Are What You Is and he can be heard on the album Tinseltown Rebellion and other live compilations.

After Zappa's much too early death Walley continued to play music. With several formations (Mats & Morgan amongst others) he made Zappa's work living on. In 1997 his CD Spare Parts was published, and besides Suicide Chump and Bamboozled By Love he recorded also pieces from other interpreters which have had influence on him. This CD is considered an outstanding Blues release.

Besides music Walley occupies himself with carving and sculptures. For the township Rabbittown he created a huge rabbit monument. He also manufactured a dinosaur with a height of seven meters for Six Flags-Colonial Williamsburg. A flying saucer in fiberglass technic by order of Coca Cola is in planning stage.

This year he will accompany The Muffin Men with his slideguitar and – knowing Denny – he won't leave it at that.

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Zappanale #28

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