Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention – 1966 Autographs, Pre-“Freak Out”

An amazing set of Mothers of Invention autographs from the classic Freak Out era band–a set of five receipts from Frenchy’s House of Barbecue in Hayward California.  Included are receipts signed by Frank Zappa, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray Collins and Eliott Ingber (on a smaller receipt.)

The Mothers played Frenchy’s from May 6-26, 1966; at that 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 they ordered, and settle up at the end of the engagement.

These receipts detail the Mother’s eating habits; Zappa ordered chicken and a “special” with coke and coffee, Black and Collins both preferred “smothered steak” and Eliott Ingber ordered a Cheeseburger (his receipt is signed by Jimmy Carl Black on his behalf, but also included is a smaller receipt for an unknown 50 cent order signed by Ingber himself).  Also included is a copy of a Union complaint against Zappa and band from the Frenchy’s shows.  Freak out!


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