In the early 1960s, Suzy Zeiger, nicknamed Suzy Creamcheese, was a peripheral member of the retinue of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. After the real Suzy left the group, other people used the name "Suzy Creamcheese" in Mothers' performances. Eventually, it was widely thought that she had always been a fictitious character. On the album Freak Out! (which features a "letter" from Suzy Creamcheese on the back cover), Suzy Creamcheese was played by Jeannie Vassoir; on Absolutely Free and Mothermania it was Lisa Cohen; and on We're Only in It for the Money and Uncle Meat it was Pamela Zarubica.
The real Suzy continued to use the name "Suzy Creamcheese". She moved to London, England, where she was for a while the girlfriend of John Hopkins, a leading figure in the British hippie subculture. She was also associated with the unorthodox psychiatrist R.D. Laing.
As an indication of the surreal nature of the running Suzy Creamcheese gag in Frank Zappa's work, the following from "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet" may give a little clue:
- Male voice: Suzy?
- Female voice: Yes?
- Male voice: Suzy Creamcheese?
- Female voice: Yes?
- Male voice: This is the voice of your conscience baby ... uh, I just want to check one thing out with you ... you don't mind, do ya?
- Female voice: What?
- Male voice: Suzy Creamcheese, honey, what's got into ya?
Zappa claimed that in a 1967 tour in Europe, some fans asked him if Suzy toured with them. Because of that, Zappa used Zarubica as Suzy in that tour. In fact, the first performance of the tour took place in the Royal Albert Hall, in London, when the real Suzy lived there. She was in the audience, and Zappa was on stage, unaware of her presence until she shouted to him and he recognized her voice. A dialogue similar to the one above then took place between them, with a large audience overhearing them. It then became widely believed that Suzy was touring with the group. With Zarubica's help, this belief was maintained for the rest of the tour.
Of course, any sexy woman named Suzy is a candidate for being called "Suzy Creamcheese". There are stories of many others who have used the name, besides Suzy Zeiger and her impersonators. Zeiger, with her connection to Zappa and the Mothers, is the most widely known, but she is not the only one. There are others who have had absolutely no connection with her.
The track "Requiem For Suzy Creamcheese" appears on the vinyl LP Psychedelia—A Musical Light Show by The Mesmerizing Eye (Smash Records MGS-27090).
The band Teddy & His Patches recorded a track called "Suzy Creamcheese" which contains a remake of the intro to "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet." It has appeared on several garage rock and psychedelic rock compilations such as Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970, Pebbles, Volume 3, Trash Box, and Acid Dreams.
In popular culture 
In the movie "Tenderness" (2008-2009), main character, Lori, offhandly mentions Suzy Creamcheese as an exemplar of who she wouldn't personify.
"Little Suzy Creamcheese" is also mentioned in the Julia Roberts movie "Eat, Pray, Love"