Captain Beefheart

Born Jan 15, 1941
Hometown Glendale, California
Died Dec 17, 2010
Death Place Arcata, California
Genres Psychedelic rock ...
Instruments Recorder (Instrum...
Performed With Moris Tepper + Jo...

Don Van Vliet was an American musician, singer-songwriter, artist and poet widely 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 13 studio albums. Noted for his powerful singing voice with its wide range, Van Vliet also played the harmonica, saxophone and numerous other wind instruments.… Read More

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1941 Birth Van Vliet was born Don Glen Vliet in Glendale, California, on January 15, 1941, to Glen Alonzo Vliet, a service station owner of Dutch ancestry from Kansas, and Willie Sue Vliet (née Warfield), who was from Arkansas. … Read More


2010 70 Years Old Van Vliet died in 2010, having suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years.
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