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  • Ray Collins dies; singer with the Mothers of Invention was 75

    Ray Collins dies; singer with the Mothers of Invention was 75
    The Soul Giants were a struggling R&B cover band in Pomona in the mid-1960s when lead singer Ray Collins fired the group's guitarist and invited a musical collaborator from Rancho Cucamonga to take his place. His name was Frank Zappa.
  • PASSINGS: Claude Nobs

    Claude Nobs, 76, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, died Thursday after sustaining injuries...

    Mickey Baker dies at 87; rhythm and blues, rock guitarist

    Mickey Baker, an exceptional 1950s session guitarist who played on hundreds of recordings, helping to transform rhythm and blues into rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his home near Toulouse, France, according to French media reports. He was 87. A cause of...

    Black Moth Super Rainbow will not be pigeonholed

    Black Moth Super Rainbow will not be pigeonholed
    When Tom Fec says, “You never know how what kids are seeing today is going to come back,” the words are carried by an air of celebration, but also mystification. Even Fec has a hard time connecting the dots between a Pittsburgh childhood...

    Ray Collins dies: Collaborated with Frank Zappa in Mothers of Invention

    Ray Collins, a musician who collaborated with Frank Zappa in the 1960s, died of a heart attack on Monday, Dec. 24 at the age of 75