Jimmy Carl Black

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Jimmy Carl Black on vocals, drums, percussion,
Mick Pini guitar & vocals
and Roddie Gilliard (The Muffin Men) on bass & vocals,

The JCB Band mix Rock Blues, Zappa, Beefheart and other forms of musical madness!!!!

Jimmy Carl Black, immortalised as “The Red Indian of the Group”, was Zappa’s drummer, vocalist, percussionist, and original member of the Mothers of Invention. His recording career has extended to over 100 albums from 1962 onwards
Born in Texas, James Inkanish Jr, Jimmy recorded his first single in 1962. After he moved to California he teamed up with Roy Estrada in The Soul Giants which became the Mothers of Invention under Frank Zappa's leadership and JCB found eternal fame as "the Indian of the group".
As Indian Ink he was a second drummer in the short-lived Magic Band Don put together for the Knebworth and Roxy shows in July 1975.
Jimmy was a core member of the original Mothers of Invention (see discography*), and has enjoyed a stellar recording and gigging career including the likes of Zappa, Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Greatful Dead, The Doors, Joe Cocker, Keith Moon, Geronimo Black, Flo & Eddy (The Turtles), Keith Moon, The Grandmothers, Eugene Chadbourne, The Muffin Men and the Farrell Black band.

His work with Zappa includes the following classic albums:
1966 Freak Out!
1967 Absolutely Free
1967 Lumpy Gravy
1968 We're Only in It for the Money
1968 Cruising with Ruben and the Jets
1969 Uncle Meat
1969 Mothermania: The Best of the Mothers
1969 Burnt Weeny Sandwich
1970 Weasels Ripped My Flesh
1971 200 Motels
1981 You Are What You Is
1988 You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore vol. 1
1991 The Ark 1991 Tis the Season to Be Jelly
1991 You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, vol. 4
1992 Electric Aunt Jemima
1992 Our Man in Nirvana
1992 You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, vol. 5
1992 You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, vol. 6
1993 Ahead of Their Time
1995 Strictly Commercial
1996 The Lost Episodes
1997 Have I Offended Someone?
1997 Strictly Genteel
1998 Mystery Disc
1999 Son of Cheep Thrills