Jimmy Carl Black

Jimmy Carl Black

born on 1/2/1938 in El Paso, TX, United States

died on 1/11/2008

Jimmy Carl Black

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Jimmy Carl Black

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: 1960s1990s

Born in El Paso, Texas, Black was of Cheyenne 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 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:

In the seventies he toured with Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band and with Geronimo Black, the band he founded with Mothers wind player Bunk Gardner.[3] 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

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 Traunstein, 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.[5]

Band chronology

  • The Keys (1962 - ?)
  • The Soul Giants (1964)
  • The Mothers of Invention (with Frank Zappa, 1964-1969)
  • Geronimo Black (1970-1973)
  • The Mesilla Valley Loboys (mid/late 1970s)
  • The Grandmothers (1980 onwards)
  • Jimmy Carl Black and the Mannish Boys (1987)
  • Brown, Black & Blue with Arthur Brown (1988)
  • The Jack & Jim Show (with Eugene Chadbourne, 1991-1994, 2007)
  • The Farrell and Black Band (1995 onwards)
  • The Muffin Men (1992 onwards)
  • Sandro Oliva & the Blue Pampurio's (1996 onwards)
  • Jon Larsen's Strange News From Mars Band (2006-2008)



  • Clearly Classic (1981)[6]
  • A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya (1987) as Jimmy Carl Black & Mannish Boys
  • 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

  • Freak Out! (1966)
  • Absolutely Free (1967)
  • We're Only in It for the Money (1967)
  • Cruising with Ruben & the Jets (1968)
  • Uncle Meat (1969)
  • Mothermania: The Best of the Mothers (1969) compilation
  • Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1970)
  • Weasels Ripped My Flesh (1970)
  • 200 Motels (1971)
  • Ahead of Their Time (1993)

Frank Zappa

  • Lumpy Gravy (1967)
  • 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


  • Permanent Damage (The GTOs, 1969)
  • Geronimo Black (Geronimo Black, 1972)
  • Grandmothers (The Grandmothers, 1980) - An anthology of previously unreleased recordings by ex-members of the Mothers of Invention (Rhino Records)[4]
  • In Heat (Big Sonny and the Lo Boys, 1979)
  • Welcome Back (Geronimo Black, 1980)
  • The Highway Cafe of the Damned (Austin Lounge Lizards, 1988)
  • Locked in a Dutch Coffeeshop (Eugene Chadbourne, 1993)
  • A Mother of an Anthology (The Grandmothers, 1995)
  • With My Favorite "Vegetables" & Other Bizarre Muzik (Ant-Bee, 1994)
  • Vile Foamy Ectoplasm (Don Preston, 1994)
  • Dreams on Long Play (The Grandmothers, 1995)
  • Pachuco Cadaver (Eugene Chadbourne, 1995)
  • Jesse Helms Busted with Pornography (Eugene Chadbourne, 1996)
  • Uncle Jimmy's Master Plan (Eugene Chadbourne, 1996)
  • Chadbourne Barber Shop (Eugene Chadbourne, 1996)
  • Frankincense: The Muffin Men Play Frank Zappa (The Muffin Men, 1998)
  • Lunar Muzik (Ant-Bee, 1998)
  • Eating the Astoria (The Grandmothers, 2000)
  • Communication Is Overrated (Eugene Chadbourne, 2000)
  • 2001: A Spaced Odyssey (Eugene Chadbourne, 2001)
  • The Taste of the Leftovers (Eugene Chadbourne, 2001)
  • The Perfect C&W Duo's Tribute to Jesse Helms (Eugene Chadbourne, 2001)
  • The Early Years (Eugene Chadbourne, 2001)
  • The Jack & Jim Show- 2001: A Spaced Odyssey (Eugene Chadbourne, 2001)
  • The Eternal Question (The Grandmothers, 2001)
  • Roland Kirk Memorial Barbecue (Blind Riders on Mad Horses, 2004)
  • The First Album (Ella Guru, 2004) (sings on the last two tracks)
  • Strange News From Mars (Jon Larsen, 2007)
  • The Jimmy Carl Black Story (Jon Larsen, 2008)[7]
  • People with Purpose (Wizards of Twiddly, 2010)
  • Electronic Church Muzik (Ant-Bee, 2011)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 [Jimmy Carl Black at All Music Guide Allmusic Biography]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jimmy Carl Black Obituary. The Guardian (2008-11-04). Retrieved on 2012-12-01.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Chadbourne, Eugene. Jimmy Carl Black Biography. AllMusic.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Grandmothers (1980) - An anthology of previously unreleased recordings by ex-members of the Mothers of Invention. Eil.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-01.
  5. http://www.wheresthebeer.de/?lang=en
  6. Chadbourne, Eugene. Jimmy Carl Black - Clearly Classic Review. AllMusic.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-01.
  7. Jon Larsen Review. GandsMusic.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-02.

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