Jimmy Carl Black died this weekend. He was seventy years old.
Art Tripp, one of the few other musicians to have played with both Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa, sent the following message:
I hardly know what to say about the demise of the great Jimmy Carl Black. I Emailed Roy Estrada that the world just won’t seem the same without The Indian. He was one of those rare guys who lit up the whole room when he walked in. When you met Jim you liked him; and he was your friend for life. Jim was basically a good ole Texas boy with a little flower power mixed in. He was an open book to a fault, and was quick with his praise of others. I had some of the best times of my life around Jimmy Carl Black, all the while learning a little bit about rock n roll drumming. When we spoke on the phone a couple of weeks ago, I had a feeling that would be the last time. I’m very grateful that I had that opportunity.
The benefit concert planned for Sunday 9th November in London will go ahead, as will another benefit celebration in California on 7th December.
There is a brief biography of Jimmy at his website and two recent interviews with Jimmy appear at The Idiot Bastard’s website, here and here. At the time of writing the only mainstream obituary to have been published appears at the website of Norwegian broadcasters NRK, although tributes are pouring in at Zappateers, The MuffinMen and Zappa.com
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