On September 16, 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention made a brief 10 minute appearance on Fred Weintraub’s WOR-TV New York show “From The Bitter End”. They lip synched “Son Of Suzy Creamcheese” from Absolutely Free, then performed an improvisation (above) which has come to be known as “In Memoriam, Hieronymus Bosch” which appeared on the bootleg, Apochrypa.
The Mothers of Invention (1967):
Frank Zappa – guitar
Ray Collins – vocals, tambourine
Don Preston – keyboards, electronics
Ian Underwood – alto sax
Bunk Gardner – tenor sax
Motorhead Sherwood – tambourine, trumpet, plunger, etc.
Roy Estrada – bass
Jimmy Carl Black – drums, trumpet
Billy Mundi – drums
A little over a year later, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention made their first appearance on the French TV program “Forum Musiques”, presented by Philippe Koechlin (1938-1996) on October 23rd, 1968, performing themes from “A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus)”, “Sleeping In A Jar”, and “Octandre”. The change in band membership in 1968 saw both Mundi and Collins leave the group, and Arthur Dyer Tripp III join the band.
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