Captain Beefheart, R.I.P.
Don Van Vliet, the avant-garde singer/musician known as Captain Beefheart, has died in California at the age of 69. Captain Beefheart – with and without his Magic Band – was a mainstay on the Warner-Reprise Loss Leader samplers, and it’s tough to pigeonhole his music. Blues, rock, soul, country and some classical and jazz influences managed to seep into his work at various times, mostly at the same time. It’s perhaps meaningful to note that Captain Beefheart was a frequent collaborator with Frank Zappa. Captain Beefheart was one of a kind.