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Estrada playing bass guitar 2006
|Also known as||Roy Ralph Moleman Guacamole Guadalupe Hidalgo Estrada and Orejón|
17 April 1943 |
Santa Ana, California
|Genres||Rock and roll, R&B, Funk rock, Doo wop Experimental rock, jazz fusion|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, record producer, actor, convicted & incarcerated felon|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, backing vocals|
|Associated acts||Little Feat, Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, Lowell George|
Roy Estrada (also known as "Roy Ralph Moleman Guacamole Guadalupe Hidalgo Estrada" and Orejón) (born April 17, 1943 in Santa Ana, California) is an American musician and backing vocalist, best known for his bass guitar work with Frank Zappa and for having been a founder member of Little Feat, playing on their first two albums.
With drummer Jimmy Carl Black and Ray Collins, Estrada was an original member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, having previously been a founding member of The Soul Giants — the band from which the Mothers of Invention was formed.
Prior to the Soul Giants, Estrada fronted a band called Roy Estrada and the Rocketeers. The group released at least one single on the King label, "Jungle Dreams (Part 1)" backed with "Jungle Dreams (Part 2)".
In addition to his work with Zappa, Estrada formed Little Feat with Lowell George in 1969, playing on their first two albums before quitting in 1972 to join Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, by whom he was given the nickname Orejón ('big ears'). He also played bass for Zappa's transitional 1976 Zoot Allures touring band, provided vocals and acting for Zappa's 1979 film Baby Snakes, and vocal work for the 1980s Zappa albums You Are What You Is, Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch and The Man from Utopia.
In 2002, Estrada joined forces with fellow former Mothers Don Preston and Napoleon Murphy Brock, along with guitarist Ken Rosser and drummer/percussionist Christopher Garcia, to form "The Grande Mothers", the only Mothers of Invention/Frank Zappa alumni consistently performing the music of Zappa since 2002, with over 90 performances.
Since then they have performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway and Switzerland. In 2005, guitarist Miroslav Tadić replaced Ken Rosser in the lineup. Robbie "Seahag" Mangano has been the guitarist for all of the European Grande Mothers' tours since 2009.
In 2003 Estrada was featured on the album Hamburger Midnight (taking its title from a George/Estrada co-composition on the first Little Feat album) on the record label Inkanish Records, on which he collaborated once again with Jimmy Carl Black.
Arrests and incarceration
Estrada was convicted of sexual assault on a child on October 27, 1977. He served six years in prison after he was convicted of committing lewd acts with a child in Orange County, California in December 1994. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in March 2008. In the plea bargain agreement, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole.