Ewan MacColl (25 January 1915 - 22 October 1989) was a British folk singer, songwriter, socialist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer. He was the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl. Zappa owned a copy of the LP "Blow Boys Blow" (Tradition TLP 1026, 1960) by Ewan MacColl and A.L. Lloyd. He once lent it to Captain Beefheart, who never gave it back claiming Zappa had given it to him it and that it was his favorite record. In the liner notes of The Lost Episodes Zappa confessed his love for "sea shanties" and mentions he enjoyed listening to this album.
The sixth track on the album the traditional The Handsome Cabin Boy (sung by A.L. Lloyd) was often performed by Zappa and The Mothers. Zappa requested the song on KSAN, San Francisco. Zappa's own recorded versions can be heard on The Lost Episodes - the same version as on The Old Masters Box Two Mystery Disc, and on Joe's Corsage.
- Captain Beefheart: The Biography, Mike Barnes, ISBN 0711941343