Arthur Dyer Tripp III started music school in 1962 and played with the Cincinnati Symphony as a student. After moving to New York City, he met Zappa, and began playing with The Mothers. Tripp: "There was a lot of improvisation...I thought I'd died and gone to heaven."
Arthur Tripp provided drums, percussion and/or vocal for:
- Cruising With Ruben & The Jets
- Uncle Meat
- Burnt Weeny Sandwich
- Weasels Ripped My Flesh
- You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 1
- You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4
- You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 5
- Ahead Of Their Time
- The Lost Episodes
- Mystery Disc
- The Ark (BTB)
- Electric Aunt Jemima (BTB)
- Our Man In Nirvana (BTB)
After leaving Zappa, Tripp played with Captain Beefheart's Magic Band for four years as Ed Marimba. In 1974 he joined Mallard, a band formed by ex-members of the Magic Band.
While musically successful, Arthur found that the business failed to offer financial stability. He briefly worked in his father's insurance business in Pittsburgh, but returned to California, where he eventually gave up music and became a chiropractor in 1983. However, in 2000, tiring of the steady rise of California governmental oppression, he moved his practice to Gulfport, Mississippi, where he continues a successful practice today.
His website is http://www.traditionalchiropractic.com. Along with information about his current chiropractic practice, Dr. Tripp has several pages that recount his time as a professional musician.
Tripp: "I just lost interest in music."