Don Van Vliet

Don Van Vliet
1941 - 2010
Don Van Vliet  American Musician

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Don Van Vliet was in a relationship with Pamela Des Barres (1965).


American Musician Don Van Vliet was born Don Glen Vliet on 15th January, 1941 in Glendale, California and passed away on 17th Dec 2010 Arcata, California aged 69. He is most remembered for Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band. His zodiac sign is Capricorn.

Don Van Vliet is a member of the following lists: American rock singers, Warner Records artists and American male singers.


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First Name Don
Middle Name Van
Last Name Vliet
Full Name at Birth Don Glen Vliet
Alternative Name Captain Beefheart, Bloodshot Rollin' Red, Don Van Vliet, Bloodshot Rollin' Red
Age 69 (age at death) years
Birthday 15th January, 1941
Birthplace Glendale, California
Died 17th December, 2010
Place of Death Arcata, California
Cause of Death Complications from multiple sclerosis
Build Average
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Singer-songwriter, musician, artist, poet, composer, author, record producer, film director
Occupation Musician
Claim to Fame Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
Music Genre (Text) Experimental rock, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, protopunk, spoken word, free jazz, outsider, avant-garde, art rock, Avant-garde rock, experimental, psychedelic, outsider music, pop rock
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Year(s) Active 1964–1982
Music Style Blues-Rock, Experimental, Proto-Punk, Experimental Rock, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Art Rock, Psychedelic
Music Mood Cerebral, Difficult, Eccentric, Freewheeling, Complex, Sprawling, Suffocating, Quirky, Earthy, Provocative, Boisterous, Fiery, Raucous, Irreverent, Uncompromising, Volatile, Literate, Tense/Anxious, Manic, Playful, Passionate
Instrument Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards
Instrument (text) Vocals, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, french horn, shehnai, recorder, flute, piccolo, trumpet, percussion, guitar, piano, horn
Record Label A&M, Buddah, Blue Thumb, ABC, Reprise, Straight, Virgin, Mercury, DiscReet, Warner Bros., Atlantic, Epic, Major League Productions (MLP), Major League
Associated Acts The Magic Band, Frank Zappa, The Mothers of Invention, Gary Lucas, The Tubes, Jack Nitzsche, Zoot Horn Rollo, Jeff Cotton, Rockette Morton, Winged Eel Fingerling, The Mascara Snake, John 'Drumbo' French, Ry Cooder, Mallard, Eric Drew Feldman, Moris Tepper, John "Drumbo" French
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Don Van Vliet (, born Don Glen Vliet; January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist best known by the stage name Captain Beefheart. He conducted a rotating ensemble called the Magic Band, with whom he recorded 13 studio albums between 1964 and 1982. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and avant-garde composition with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, and his wide vocal range. Known for his enigmatic persona, Beefheart frequently constructed myths about his life and was known to exercise an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians. Although he achieved little commercial success, he sustained a cult following as a "highly significant" and "incalculable" influence on an array of new wave, punk, and experimental rock artists.

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