Captain Beefheart
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1941-01-15
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Captain Beefheart

Captain Beefheart Biography (Wikipedia)

Don Van Vliet (, born Don Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called the Magic Band (1964–1982), with whom he recorded 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice and his wide vocal range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone, and numerous other wind instruments. His music integrated blues, rock, psychedelia, and free jazz with contemporary experimental composition and the avant-garde. Beefheart was also known for often constructing myths about his life and for exercising an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians.

An artistic prodigy in his childhood, Van Vliet developed an eclectic musical taste during his teen years in Lancaster, California, and formed "a mutually useful but volatile" friendship with musician Frank Zappa, with whom he sporadically competed and collaborated. He began performing with his Captain Beefheart persona in 1964 and joined the original Magic Band line-up, initiated by Alexis Snouffer, the same year. The group drew attention with their cover of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy", which became a regional hit. It was followed by their acclaimed debut album Safe as Milk, released in 1967 on Buddah Records. After being dropped by two consecutive record labels, they signed to Zappa's Straight Records. As producer, Zappa granted Beefheart unrestrained artistic freedom in making 1969's Trout Mask Replica, which was ranked 58th in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Beefheart followed this up with the album Lick My Decals Off, Baby, released in 1970. In 1974, frustrated by lack of commercial success, he released two albums of more conventional rock music that were critically panned; this move, combined with not having been paid for a European tour, and years of enduring Beefheart's abusive...

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I Love You, You Big Dummy
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I Love You, You Big Dummy
Frank Zappa
Debra Kadabra
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Debra Kadabra
Frank Zappa
Muffin Man
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Muffin Man
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
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Her Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles
Jack Nitzsche
Hard Workin' Man (feat. Captain Beefheart)
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Hard Workin' Man (feat. Captain Beefheart)
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage
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There Ain't No Santa Claus on the Evenin' Stage
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Suction Prints
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Suction Prints
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Gimme Dat Harp Boy
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Gimme Dat Harp Boy
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Plastic Factory
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Plastic Factory
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Observatory Crest
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Observatory Crest
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Yellow Brick Road
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Yellow Brick Road
Captain Beefheart
Electricity
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Electricity
Captain Beefheart
Zig Zag Wanderer
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Zig Zag Wanderer
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Where There's Woman
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Where There's Woman
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Upon The My-O-My
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Upon The My-O-My
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Glider
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Glider
Captain Beefheart
I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
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I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby
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Kandy Korn
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Kandy Korn
Captain Beefheart
Autumn's Child
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Autumn's Child
Captain Beefheart
Click Clack
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Click Clack
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