Don Glen Vliet Born: 1941/01/15
Birth Place: Glendale, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1964–1982
Don Van Vliet (born Don Glen Vliet, January 15, 1941) is an American artist and former musician best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. His musical work was conducted with a rotating ensemble of musicians called The Magic Band, active between 1965 and 1982, with whom he recorded 12 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also occasionally played the harmonica, saxophone, bass clarinet, piccolo oboe, shehnai and keyboards. His music blended rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and contemporary experimental composition. An iconoclastic mix of complex instrumentation, atonal melodies, and often humorously surreal lyrics, it w...
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