Jimmy Carl Black

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Jimmy Carl Black
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Jimmy Carl Black performing with the Muffin Men 12 August 2005, Cropredy Festival
Background information
Birth name James Inkanish, Jr.
Also known as Indian Ink
Born (1938-02-01)February 1, 1938
El Paso, Texas United States
Died November 1, 2008(2008-11-01) (aged 70)
Siegsdorf, Germany
Genres Alternative rock, R&B
Occupations Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocalist, Drums
Years active late 1950’s - 2008
Associated acts Mothers of Invention,
Muffin Men,
Captain Beefheart,
Geronimo Black,
The Grandmothers,
Black, Brown and Blue,
Strange News From Mars

Jimmy Carl Black (February 1, 1938 – November 1, 2008), born James Carl Inkanish, Jr., was a drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention.[1][2]

Career: 1960s–1990s[edit]

Born in El Paso, Texas, Black was of mixed Indian heritage. His trademark line was "Hi Boys and Girls, I'm Jimmy Carl Black, and I'm the Indian of the group." The line can be heard several times on the Mothers of Invention album We're Only in It for the Money (for example, on the tracks "Are You Hung Up?" and "Concentration Moon"). He was also addressed as such by Theodore Bikel in the film 200 Motels. He has been credited on some Mothers albums as playing "drums, vocals, and poverty".[1][3]

He appeared in the movie directed by Frank Zappa, 200 Motels, and sings the song "Lonesome Cowboy Burt". Black also made a few more appearances with Zappa in 1975 and 1980,[1] and also appeared as guest vocalist on "Harder Than Your Husband" on the Zappa album You Are What You Is (1981). The same year, 1981, he performed the very same song at the discothèque Aladdin, Oasen, Bergen, Norway, as part of The Grandmothers, after their release Grandmothers (1980), an anthology of previously unreleased recordings by ex-members of the Mothers of Invention.[3][4]

Jimmy Carl Black on Frank Zappa:

I would have told him that I appreciated his friendship through the years and that I had learned a lot from him. I really loved Frank like you do a brother.[5]

In 1972, he played with Geronimo Black, the band he founded with Mothers wind player Bunk Gardner.[3] In the summer of 1975 he played drums for Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band under the stage name Indian Ink, notably at the band's appearance at the Knebworth Festival. In the eighties Jimmy and Bunk and Don Preston performed under the name "The Grandmothers" along with a bunch of other ex-Zappa musicians, but the band soon disbanded. Then Jimmy moved to Austin, Texas, where he met English singer Arthur Brown. The duo recorded an album of classic R&B songs, Black, Brown and Blue, and performed live together.

In 1993 Jimmy moved to Europe, where he reformed The Grandmothers with original members Don and Bunk and with Dutch bass player Ener Bladezipper (stagename of René Mesritz) and Italian guitar player Sandro Olivia.[2]

1990s- 2008[edit]

Black performed as a guest vocalist with the Muffin Men, a Frank Zappa tribute band based in Liverpool, England, and with Jon Larsen, on the surrealistic Strange News From Mars project, featuring several other Zappa alumni, such as Tommy Mars, Bruce Fowler, Arthur Barrow.[1]

At Steely Dan's 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Walter Becker asked the assembled if they remembered who the original Mothers of Invention drummer was. Becker has unsuccessfully lobbied the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Black's inclusion as a founding member of the Mothers of Invention.[1]

An autobiographical audio production with Jimmy Carl Black was recorded in 2007, called The Jimmy Carl Black Story, produced by Jon Larsen.[2]

Black was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2008, and died on November 1, 2008 in Siegdorf, Germany. Benefits were held on November 9, 2008 at the Bridgehouse II in London and December 7, 2008 in Crown Valley, California. He is survived by Monika, three sons and two daughters.[2]

In 2013, the documentary "Where's the Beer and when do we get paid?" about Black began running in Germany.[6]

Black's autobiography 'For Mother's Sake' was published by Black's widow on Nov. 1 2013 to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. The incomplete manuscript was rounded off using material from the synoptic web-bio Black published on his website, and extracts from various interviews Black gave.

Band chronology[edit]

  • Them 3 Guys (1959-60)
  • The Keys (1960-2)
  • The Squires (1963-4)
  • Soul Giants (1964-5)
  • The Mothers of Invention (with Frank Zappa, 1965–1969)
  • Geronimo Black (1969-70 & 1971-73)
  • Mesilla Valley Lo boys (1974-7), Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band (1975)
  • Big Sonny & The Lo Boys (1977-79)
  • The Grandmothers (1980-2)
  • Captain Glasspack & his Magic Mufflers (1982-3)
  • Pound for Pound, Junior Franklin & The Golden Echoes, Rhythm Rats (1983-5)
  • Jimmy Carl Black and the Mannish Boys (1985/6-1987/8)
  • (Austin) Grandmothers (1988-1992)
  • The Jack & Jim Show (with Eugene Chadbourne, 1993–5, 2001-8)
  • Grandmothers (1993-4, 1998, 2000)
  • The Farrell and Black Band (1995-2006)
  • The Muffin Men (1993, 1995-2008)
  • Sandro Oliva & the Blue Pampurio's, X-Tra Combo, Behind The Mirror, Boogie Stuff, Cosmik Debris, Mick Pini Band, Jimmy Carl Black Band, Tempest Quartet, Happy Metal Band, etc. (1996-2008)

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Clearly Classic (1981)[7]
  • A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya (1987) − as Jimmy Carl Black & Mannish Boys
  • Brown, Black & Blue (1988) − as Arthur Brown and Jimmy Carl Black
  • When Do We Get Paid? (1998)
  • Drummin' the Blues (2001)
  • Is Singin' the Blues (2002)
  • Hamburger Midnight (2002) − as BEP (Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada and Mike Pini)
  • Mercedes Benz (2003) − as Jimmy Carl Black & the X-Tra Combo
  • Indian Rock Songs from Jimmy Carl Black (2005) − live album
  • How Blue Can You Get? (2006)
  • Where's the $%&#@ Beer? (2008)
  • I Just Got in from Texas (2008) − as Chris Holzhaus, Jimmy Carl Black & Louis Terrazas
  • Can I Borrow a Couple of Bucks Until the End of the Week? (2008)
  • I'm Not Living Very Extravagantly, I'll Tell You for Sure... (2008)
  • Where's My Waitress? (2008)
  • If We'd All Been Living in California... (2008)
  • Freedom Jazz Dance - Jimmy Carl Black (2008) - (Jimmy Carl Black, Valentina Black, Bruno Marini, Daniele D'Agaro, Cristina Mazza)
  • Black/Brown/Stone (2009) − as Jimmy Carl Black, Steven De Bruyn & Jos Steen
  • Live All-Stars (2009) − − live album − as Jimmy Carl Black & the Route 66 All-Star Blues Band
  • More Rockin' Blues (2009) − as Jimmy Carl Black & the Route 66 All-Star Blues Band
  • Live in Steinbach (2009) − live album − as Jimmy Carl Black, Mick Pini & Uwe Jesdinsky

The Mothers of Invention[edit]

Frank Zappa[edit]

  • Lumpy Gravy (1967)
  • 200 Motels (1971)
  • Confidential (1974) − live album
  • Remington Electric Razor (1980) − live album
  • You Are What You Is (1981)
  • The Supplement Tape (1990) − compilation
  • Tis the Season to Be Jelly (1991) − live album
  • The Ark (1991) − live album
  • Our Man in Nirvana (1992) − live album
  • Electric Aunt Jemima (1992) − live album
  • Lost Episodes (1996) − compilation
  • Cheap Thrills (1998) − compilation

Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Allmusic Biography
  2. ^ a b c d "Jimmy Carl Black Obituary". The Guardian. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Chadbourne, Eugene. "Jimmy Carl Black Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Grandmothers (1980) - An anthology of previously unreleased recordings by ex-members of the Mothers of Invention". Eil.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Carl Black Quotes". BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  6. ^ http://www.wheresthebeer.de/?lang=en
  7. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Jimmy Carl Black - Clearly Classic Review". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  8. ^ "Jon Larsen Review". GandsMusic.com. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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