Played Carvin guitars.
Inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame in 1994.
He was voted the 21st Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
In 1995 a group of Lithuanian artists erected the world's only Zappa statue in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
Used a wah-wah with his onstage guitar setup, which he'd usually leave set in one position as a filter, rather than rock it to get the wah effect.
Father of Diva Zappa, Moon Unit Zappa, Dweezil Zappa and Ahmet Zappa
The small town of Bad Doberan, Germany holds an annual Zappanale festival, celebrating his life and music (first held in 1990).
When marrying Gail Zappa in a civil ceremony, Zappa pinned a pin saying 'congratulations from Mayor Lindsay' onto her in the absence of a ring.
Was a school friend of Don Van Vliet (later, alias Captain Beefheart).
Started out playing drums in his teens, then adopted his brother's f-hole acoustic guitar, trying to copy horn and guitar solos on blues and jazz records. Later studied Music Theory in college.
Included a warning-cum-guarantee on his late-1980s albums, deriding the Religious Right's attack on rock and pop music, and censorship in general, and concluding "If there is a Hell, its fires wait for them, not us."
Is known affectionately by his fans as FZ.
Bought a small recording studio with the proceeds of his score for "Run Home Slow"; first came to public attention when he was arrested in a scandal involving the studio. (He was later cleared.)
Gave up his driver's license voluntarily, because he hated standing in line at the DMV.
In recent years, various re-workings of his songs have been recorded, including versions in Baroque instrumental and a'capella vocal stylings.
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