Don Preston

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"When I met Zappa he was kind of a nerd, but he was smart enough to disguise that by street talk and being into R&B."


Donald Ward Preston Born 21st September 1932 in Flint, MI, into a family of musicians, studied music from an early age.

During is military service he was stationed at Trieste, Italy, where he shared a room with Buzz Gardner, his musical career started playing piano with Herbie Mann. Throughout the 1950's he played with various artists ranging from Nat King Cole to Paul and Carla Bley.

By the 1960's Preston was experimenting with new developments in electronic keyboards.

As a member of several Mothers line-ups Preston provided piano, keyboards, synthesizer, and/or vocal for:

Don can be seen in the Zappa movies:

Played keyboard on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

Wrote original music for a number of films such as "Eye Of The Tiger" and "Emmanuelle 1: First Contact".

Appeared as Dr. Ogo Moto, a character he had created in a series of four films he had made himself, in "Sinister Flesh": A strange tale of a mad scientist's search for eternal life made in 1976.

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