Frank Zappa’s big hit record?

No, it’s not “Valley Girl.”

That came almost a decade after “Fillmore East — June 1971,” an album so popular among my friends that one borrowed my copy in 1974 and didn’t return it for almost a year. When I got it back, it had his initials and a star on it. We called the guy “Star” because he was the best athlete in my high school class. That is, until he discovered beer, dope and girls, and not necessarily in that order.

When Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played the Fillmore East in New York in June 1971, recording it for a live album, they did so with a couple of special guests.

Vincent from Fufu Stew figured it out. (His prize? Yes, indeed, dinner for two at the parish of St. Alphonzo for some pancakes and a couple of abused sausage patties.)

The guests were Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Both former members of the Turtles, they helped Zappa mount a stage show that spoofed fame, the music business, sex, groupies … and hit records.

So, with Volman and Kaylan — the future Flo and Eddie — doing the vocals, the show climaxed with … “Happy Together,” a big hit record for the Turtles in 1967.

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“Happy Together,” from “Fillmore East — June 1971,” Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, 1971.

2 Comments

Filed under March 2007, Sounds

2 responses to “Frank Zappa’s big hit record?

  1. Thank you, thank you! How about you throw in a poncho from Sears too; I’m sure they sell real ones! :-0

  2. Nice 1’40 version of this classic tune. Thanks for the time!

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