Willie the Pimp

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"Willie the Pimp"
Song by Frank Zappa from the album Hot Rats
Released October 10, 1969
Genre Blues rock, hard rock, jazz rock
Length 9:25
Label Bizarre/Rykodisc
Writer Frank Zappa
Producer Frank Zappa
Hot Rats track listing
"Peaches en Regalia"
(1)
"Willie the Pimp"
(2)
"Son of Mr. Green Genes"
(3)

"Willie the Pimp" is a blues rock song from Frank Zappa's 1969 album Hot Rats. It features an idiosyncratic Captain Beefheart vocal and one of Zappa's classic guitar solos. It is 9 minutes and 16 seconds long on Hot Rats. It is the only track that is not instrumental on the album, though the track features a long instrumental guitar solo.

The song has also appeared on Zappa's Fillmore East - June 1971 and You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 albums.

The album title Hot Rats comes from a lyric of Willie the Pimp. The origin of the song was explained in a conversation Zappa recorded in 1969. This interview recording was later released as "The Story of Willie the Pimp" on the Zappa album Mystery Disc.

The song was ranked number 75 on the list of "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" of Rolling Stone.[1]

Van Vliet's idiosyncratic vocal on Zappa's "Willie the Pimp" was among their collaborations.

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Musicians[edit]

Hot Rats version[edit]

Fillmore East[edit]

You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 4[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" at the Wayback Machine (archived May 31, 2008). Rolling Stone. 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-25. "Zappa's guitar improv never sounded more bluesy —or more jubilant— than it does on this song. His greasy skids and howling-dog tone —and the way he breaks into note-cluster fisticuffs with the rhythm section— are playfully impulsive. And that deep vocal? Zappa's teenage chum Captain Beefheart."