United States of America

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Frank Zappa dressed up as Uncle Sam for a 1988 publicity shoot to promote voting in the presidential elections.

While Zappa was born and raised in the United States he was often critical of the American government, its foreign policy, organized religion, media, corporations and the consumer culture.

Track and album references to America

  • Various characters associated with the U.S.A. can be seen in You Are What You Is (The Music Video), including President Reagan, a Ku Klux Klan member and a Playboy Bunny
  • Clean American Version, a text that can also be seen on the artwork for Absolutely Free
  • The M.O.I. American Pageant is the name of side two of Absolutely Free (track 10-15 on the CD version)
  • Zappa often used the moniker "American composer" to describe himself in the most straightforward way.


References to American institutions and brands

Composers and conductors

Hip hop Musicians

Blues singers

Doo-wop and R&B singers

Jazz Composers

Rock, Folk and Pop Artists


Comedians and TV Presenters

Politics, Religion and Business


Fictional characters



Bandmembers, Supporting Cast, Family Members and Other

Note: Most of the people listed here are or were Americans and therefore would be too numerous to list each one of them indvidually on this page. Occasionally some of them might be born in another country: