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1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

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  • Year:
    1995
  • Inducted by:
    Lou Reed (The Velvet Underground)
  • Category:
    Performers
Frank Zappa

Hall of Fame Essay

1995

Dave Marsh

Frank Zappa deserves admission to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a great guitarist, songwriter, cre­ator of concept albums, comedian, talent scout, doo­ wop expert, social critic and avid misanthrope. The Hall has already honored several of each, but Frank Zappa stands unique as the first inductee who also had a sub­stantial career as a composer and performer of “serious” modem music. 

His greatest importance to rock history was in bringing all these talents to bear at once. Not content to create a rock band with the chops and discipline to play 12-tone rows, he also created modernist works that incorporated "Louie Louie.” 

Early in his career, Zappa co­-wrote the Penguins’ "Memories of el Monte,” a classic West Coast doo-wop record and an evocation of an entire period in pop history.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1995
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Frank was a force for reason and honesty

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