Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vliet

Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vliet

Birth
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 17 Dec 2010 (aged 69)
Burial Trinidad, Humboldt County, California, USA
Memorial ID 63024331 · View Source
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Rock Musician, Artist. Known by his performing persona "Captain Beefheart", he was an influential figure of the "Underground Rock" genre of musicians during the late 1960s and 1970s. Inclined artistically at an early age, he was a gifted sculptor and painter who spent part of his youth living in the Mojave Desert with his family. During his teenage years, he formed a lifelong friendship with musician Frank Zappa; they would collaborate on various projects during Van Vliet's career. His "Magic Band" was formed in 1964 with guitarist Ry Cooder (Beefheart himself was a harmonica player, harpist and flautist), and their first recorded single a cover of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy" was released. His heavily-influenced blues album "Safe As Milk" (1967) was the launching point of his career, as he blended a style of blues with verses of surrealism which defined his music. In 1969, he signed with Zappa's Straight Record label and continued to release albums throughout the 1970s, among them "Trout Mask Replica" (1969), "Clear Spot" (1972), "Bluejeans & Moonbeams" (1974) and "Doc at the Radar Station" (1980). He recorded his final record "Ice Cream for Crow" in 1982, and returned to a career of painting. He died from complications of multiple sclerosis.

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  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 17 Dec 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63024331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Don “Captain Beefheart” Van Vliet (15 Jan 1941–17 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63024331, citing Trinidad Lighthouse Lost & Buried at Sea Memorials, Trinidad, Humboldt County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .