Frank Zappa


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Frank Vincent Zappa was born on the 21st December 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland USA, and was a musician, singer, songwriter, actor and filmmaker, best known to the world by his songs such as “Bobby Brown”, “Valley Girl”, and “Don`t Eat The Yellow Snow”, among others. His career began in 1955, and lasted until 1993 when he passed away, during which he released more than 60 albums, the sales of which increased his net worth by a large margin.
Have you ever wondered how rich Frank Zappa was, at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Zappa`s net worth as high as $40 million, an amount he owed to his many talents.Frank was of mixed ancestry; his mother, Rose Marie was of French and Italian descent, and his father Francis Vincent Zappa had Arab, Greek and Italian blood roots. Zappa’s family moved a lot while Frank was still a child; primarily because of his father`s vocation; he was a chemist and mathematician, who worked in the defense industry. The family spent some time in Florida, and then returned to Baltimore, however, Frank`s health began to deteriorate, as he suffered from asthma, sinus problems, and earaches. This forced the family to move, and they settled in Monterey, California, then to Claremont and El Cajon, but eventually decided to settle in San Diego.
While in San Diego, Frank was a student of the Mission Bay High School, and also joined his first band as a drummer. That didn`t last long, as his family moved again, this time to Lancaster, where he attended the Antelope Valley High School, where his interest in music became even greater, and joined the band Blackouts, took to the guitar, and began performing in nightclubs across the USA. This was the start of his net worth.
However, he soon left the Blackouts, and formed his own band, called the Mothers of Invention. Since then, he has released over 60 studio albums,with his band or as a solo artist. His debut came in 1966, entitled “Freak Out!”, which reached No. 130 on the US Billboard chart. By the end of the 1960s, Frank had released seven more albums, including “Absolutely Free” (1967), “We’re Only in It for the Money” (1968), and “Uncle Meat” (1969), among others.
However, his albums failed to reach into the top 20 on the charts, and he decided to disband the Mothers of Invention. Nevertheless, Zappa didn`t leave the music industry, as he released a solo album “Hot Rats” (1969), which reached No. 9 on the UK Charts. Encouraged by the success of his album, he put together a new line-up of the Mother of Invention, which included Aynsley Dunbar, Ian Underwood, George Duke, Jeff Simmons, Jim Pons, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman. With this new band, Zappa reached the peak of his career through the 1970s, releasing albums such as “Chunga’s Revenge” (1970), which was the first album recorded with the help of his new band. Throughout the 1970s, Zappa had several albums which achieved gold and silver status, which only increased his net worth. Some of the albums include “Over-Nite Sensation” (1973), “Apostrophe (`)” (1974), “Zoot Allures” (1976), “Sheik Yerbouti” (1979), which is his best-selling album.

Full Name Frank Zappa
Net Worth $40 Million
Date Of Birth December 21, 1940, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died December 4, 1993, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Profession Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Conductor, Record producer, Businessperson
Education Chaffey College, Mission Bay Senior High School, Antelope Valley High School
Nationality United States of America
Spouse Gail Zappa (m. 1967–1993), Kay Sherman (m. 1960–1964)
Children Dweezil Zappa, Moon Zappa, Diva Zappa, Ahmet Zappa
Parents Rose Marie Colimore, Francis Zappa
Siblings Carl Zappa, Bobby Zappa, Patrice Zappa
Nicknames Frank Vincent Zappa , Zappa , the Mothers of invention
Awards Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1988), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1997), Grammy Award for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (1996)
Albums “Over-Nite Sensation” (1973), “Apostrophe (`)” (1974), “Zoot Allures” (1976), “Sheik Yerbouti” (1979), “The Yellow Shark” (1993)
Music Groups The Mothers of Invention, The Persuasions, Bobby Brown, Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow, Peaches en Regalia
Nominations “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” (2011), “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” (2004, Rolling Stone magazine), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995)
Movies “Baby Snakes” (1979), “The Amazing Mister Bickford” (1987), “The True Story of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels” (1988), “Roxy the Movie” (2015)