Jimmy Carl Black

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Jimmy Carl Black, born James Inckanish Jr., Feb. 1, 1938 in El Paso Texas. Died 31st October 2008.

  • The Keys - Stretch Pants / A Matter of Time - Ultimate Records (1962)

was the drummer for the original Mothers Of Invention line-up - known as "the Indian of the group". JCB provided drums and vocal (on Lonesome Cowboy Burt) for the first 8 MOI releases, as well as the 200 Motels release. Once the original MOI was disbanded, Jimmy appeared on other Zappa releases

Jimmy Carl Black Played On

From the "biographical trivia" section on the Freak Out! (1966) album: ... Moved into my recording studio, joined forces with Ray, Jim and Roy, schemed and plotted for a year, working in beer joints, blah, blah, starved a lot, etc... played a lot of freaky music & stayed vastly unpopular (though notorious). OWE OUR EXISTENCE to Mark Cheka for his initial encouragement and sterling example (and to a whole bunch of other people who are going to be bugged because their names aren't listed in detail, with addresses and pertinent facts about what they like about the government & their other fetishes). Ray used to be a carpenter and a bartender and sing with Little Julian Herrera & The Tigers (note the falsetto part in 'I REMEMBER LINDA')... been singing R&B for ten to twelve years. Jim got fired from some idiot band in Kansas, forcing him to move to California. Lucky for us. Seems he just couldn't get turned on playing " Louie, Louie" all night... it must have hurt him deeply when they rejected him. Roy is an asthmatic Pachuco, good-natured excellent bass player, involved in the R&B scene here for about ten years. He is unbelievably tolerant. I don't understand it. Elliot digs the blues. He has a big dimple in his chin. We made him grow beard to cover it up. He just got out of the Army. Lucky for the Army. THEY ARE ALL MUSICIANS.


As of 2004, Jimmy was singing for the UK tribute band The Muffin Men at an age of 66 (wow).