RIP Jimmy Carl Black

Very sad news comes to us from Jerry Ford, long time friend of JCB, and caretaker of Inkanish Records:

It is my sad duty to report the news that JIMMY CARL BLACK has passed away. Jimmy left this earth around 11pm Germany time on October 31st. of cancer.

A benefit concert is being planned for December 7th in California, more information on that here (soon). And of course there’s the London benefit, which takes place next November 9.

All of us here at KUR wish to pass our condolences to Jimmy’s family. I think it’s safe to say that, through his music, Jimmy has made a lasting impression on each of our lives. He shall be sorely missed…

33 Responses to “RIP Jimmy Carl Black”

  1. Sharleena says:

    Have a good journey, Jimmy…

  2. Harmless Ted says:

    RIP JCB!

  3. Robin says:

    Goodbye, Jimmy. We’re gonna miss you.

  4. Magic Fingers says:

    Dammit. See ya, Lonesome Cowboy/Indian of the Group.

  5. urbangraffito says:

    So long, Jimmy. Maybe now you’re finally gonna get paid (or at least down a few celestial beers…)!!!

    How does the Jimmy Carl Black Memorial Nebula sound to you, Barry?

  6. Alex says:

    See you in the great Redneck Eats in the sky. 🙁

  7. jane23 says:

    I was fortunate enough to see Jimmy play with the mothers in 1969.
    RIP, Jimmy Carl Black, the Indian of the Group.

  8. Paul Sempschi says:

    we’ll miss you…

  9. Mighty Slim says:

    I work at a radio station in Boston and we had Jimmy down on two occasions. Never forget his wonderful sense of humor. What a character. Extremely sad.

  10. Tjodolf says:

    Now, that was a life well lived! He will be missed.

  11. vince says:

    Anybody got a link to that docu on Beefheart that Jimmy was interveiwed on?

  12. RSTVMO says:

    Oh Man! What’s there to live for? He was a true Soul Giant. Blank…. empty…. space. Bye, boys and girls……….

  13. Neon Meat Dreams of an Octofish says:

    Jimmy Carl Black. Now you get to play with Frank again! Holy Sheep Shit! What a gig. The living world will miss you.

    NeO

  14. Clark Gwent says:

    See, if Gail had gotten upset about people disrespecting her husband’s atheism I would be on her side. Can it, you superstitious morons, if there is a time and a place for religion, it certainly ain’t a Zappa site!

  15. Matt says:

    Clark,

    So just because FZ wasn’t religious, his fans can’t be religious? This isn’t an official FZ site, and his fans can believe and express whatever they want. How does one disrespect atheism anyway? What a stupid phrase.

    RIP JCB

  16. Paul Sempschi says:

    Careful Matt, dont feed the troll, have a Mothers marathon instead.

    RIP JCB

  17. Paul says:

    @Clark: Respecting the life of someone recently passed in itself has nothing to do with religion. And how exactly is the death of one of Frank Zappa’s most prominent band members not relevant to a Zappa site? I’m afraid this new wave of teenage/twenty-something internet atheists are closer to the stereotypical evangelistic zealots than any real life religous people I know. Of course that’s mostly due to the anonymity of the internet, but all that’s irrelevant atm.

    RIP Jimmy Carl Black.

  18. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Clark Gwent:

    See, if Gail had gotten upset about people disrespecting her husband’s atheism I would be on her side. Can it, you superstitious morons, if there is a time and a place for religion, it certainly ain’t a Zappa site!

    Hey, Clark, even Zappa had a respect for people’s religious beliefs (albeit with a very large grain of salt and a lot of good humour — listen to M-A-R-J-A-R-I-N-E). FZ never told anyone what to think, only that they should actively do so. This is good advice for you, me, Gail…anyone. And we should all refrain from putting words in Frank’s mouth, or appointing ourselves as such mouthpieces. Really, it’s all about the music, isn’t it?

    P.S. On many issues I find myself in complete disagreement with FZ’s opinion. Does that make me a bad fan? Quite the contrary, I would think.

  19. Al Stone says:

    Nice Obituary in the Guardian today:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/nov/04/popandrock

  20. Chuck says:

    Be nice if there was some comment on zappa.com, but that would be too respectful, and of course JCB was never anything more than an employee.

    JCB left us a lot of great music and humour… thanks.

  21. Alex says:

    Sorry to break the chain of JCB tributes, but I would like to lighten the mood by saying: BARACK OBAMA!

  22. Hank_Peters says:

    Barack Obama won the election to avenge the death of Jimmy Carl Black.

  23. Hugh says:

    RIP Jimmy Carl Didn’t Houdini die on Halloween as well?

    I think the American Indian would be happy an African-American was elected President of the U.S.A.

  24. andre says:

    fare well —

  25. Jamez says:

    A quote from Hugh:

    RIP Jimmy Carl Didn’t Houdini die on Halloween as well?

    I think the American Indian would be happy an African-American was elected President of the U.S.A.

    So do I.

  26. Magic Fingers says:

    I notice Al Stone pointed out the Guardian obit a couple of days ago. I was pleased to see, and those of you across the pond will doubtless be interested to know, that the Independent, another British national newspaper, also had an extensive JCB obit (plus photo) on Thursday. What have the press over there had to say?

  27. Vlad the Impaler says:

    Met Jimmy several times….always a cool guy with time for the fans. He will be missed.

  28. Paul Sempschi says:

    A quote from Alex:

    Sorry to break the chain of JCB tributes, but I would like to lighten the mood by saying: BARACK OBAMA!

    Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Dick Cheney of the Next Wave:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Brzezinski#Major_policies

    but of course the world is a darker place without the Indian of the Group.

  29. Clark Gwent says:

    How you disrespect Frank’s atheism is by spouting superstitious nonsense on a site dedicated to the memory of a man whose entire life was anti-such bogus pursuits. I should have thought that was obvious!

  30. Sharleena says:

    A quote from Clark Gwent:

    How you disrespect Frank’s atheism is by spouting superstitious nonsense on a site dedicated to the memory of a man whose entire life was anti-such bogus pursuits. I should have thought that was obvious!

    😕 ???

  31. Bob says:

    I’m not able to download the obvious. Is it up yet?

  32. Sharleena says:

    It’s up! And you can convert to mp3 the Donny Osmond too!

  33. Bob says:

    …and part three???

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