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Frank performs Black Napkins on the Mike Douglas Show in 1976…

You don’t think of a lot of Frank Zappa on pure middle-class television, but here he is doing one of the great guitar solos on Mike Douglas’ afternoon housewife spurt (it’s obviously not The Mothers in backup… or any of his other regulars):

Next to the last day of Zappadan…

Looking out the window at two feet of snow and two cars to dig out, I get back into my recliner and, instead, listen to a 1980 recording in Paris, of Frank and his assembled band doing The Illinois Enema Bandit.

Here’s the breakdown:
Frank Zappa Palais des Sports, Paris, France June 11, 1980 (early show)
Frank Zappa (lead guitar, vocals) Incredible Guitar Solo!
Ike Willis (rhythm guitar, vocals) Lead Vocal
Ray White (rhythm guitar, vocals)
Tommy Mars (keyboards, vocals)
Arthur Barrow (bass, keyboards, vocals)
David Logeman (drums)

Pure Zappa for Zappadan – Black Napkins

This is from the (very long) video of Frank doing BlackNapkins at the Palladium broadcast by MTV. You can’t celebrate Zappadan without hearing the classic Zappa guitar work on Black Napkins at least once. Enjoy:

– and an UPDATE –

Dweezil Zappa plays Black Napkins… Like Father, Like Son:

Hope this starts your day off in a great way!

Les Paul dies at 94

Les PaulElectric guitar legend, musical innovator Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009),  a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which “made the sound of rock and roll possible.”, who changed the course of music with the electric guitar and multitrack recording and had a string of hits, many with wife Mary Ford, died Thursday. He was 94.

In my mind I hear “Running Wild” playing over and over.