Frank Zappa Mothers of Invention – Autographs / Pre-“Freak Out” Signed Receipts

Here’s a truly amazing set of Mothers of Invention autographs from the classic Freak Out era band–a set of four receipts from Frenchy’s House of BBQ in Hayward California.

There are receipts signed by Frank Zappa, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins (who signs Raymond Collins”) and Eliott Ingber.

The Mothers played Frenchy’s from May 6-26, 1966; at this point, Freak Out had been recorded, but had not yet been released. During these shows they were still billed as The Mothers, with “of Invention” yet to be added. And on May 21 of this engagement, the band backed Neil Diamond who played a one-night stand at Frenchy’s!

During a lengthy set of shows like this, the band would sign the receipts for food and drinks they ordered, and settle up at the end of the engagement. The Ray Collins receipt is for a $1.00 burger, and the other smaller receipts are probably for drinks, as the amounts are 50 cents and less. We have sold a few sets of similar receipts signed by the Mothers, and this is our last one.

Also included is a copy of a letter Zappa received after the shows from the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, noting that the band had failed to pay work dues to the local. An amazing set of Mothers autographs, with Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

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