Thursday, August 30, 2012

Frank Zappa and Lowell George together

For a brief period in late 1968, early 1969, Lowell George was a member of The Mothers. He can be heard on the album 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh' and the first disc of 'You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 5', which included a version of "Here Lies Love" with Lowell as lead vocalist. 
Whether he jumped or was pushed, there's not a lot known about why he didn't last very long working alongside Frank Zappa. I imagine he was ambitious enough to think he might be able to get some of his tunes included in the set. But of course, this was Frank's band and Frank's music. George said he was fired from the Mothers because he "wrote a song about dope". Anyway, for whatever reason, Frank suggested Lowell should go and form his own band. So thanks to Frank, we got Little Feat.

There isn't much photographic evidence of Lowell with Frank, but this photo has just been released by a member of Lowell's family.

And here's another that's recently surfaced, from early 1969. From left to right: Jimmy Carl Black, Bunk Gardner, FZ and Lowell

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  1. Thank you so much for your blog. I am the family member that released the Zappa photo with Lowell. He was my father. Thanks to you, I have made a new Frank Zappa / Lowell George discovery --- "Here Lies Love". WOW! I am blown away. I have listened to the track 4 times in a row, so far.

    1. That's wonderful Forrest, and great that we can all keep your Dad's memory alive with our appreciation of his music

  2. your father was great, greet jap.