It was on this date, December 21, 1940, that American musician and satirist Frank Vincent Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, of French, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Greek and Arab ancestry. Before going into the rock music business, Frank Zappa earned his living as a greeting-card designer, window dresser, copywriter, and door-to-door salesman. He began to play drums at the age of 12, played with R & B groups by high school, switched to guitar at 18, barely graduated, and later dropped out of college.
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Originally published December 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.