Random Pictures Of The Mothers Of Invention—1965-1966

The Mothers with Henry Vestine

1965

Outside the Whisky à Go-Go

Photographer: George Rodriguez

Mystery Disc (1998) booklet, p. 17

Mystery Disc
(in front of lhe Whiskey a GoGo, Hollywood) Roy Estrada, FZ, Henry Vestine, Ray Collins, Jim Black

The Mothers
[Roy Estrada, FZ, Henry Vestine, Ray Collins, JCB]

Cache Agency

The Mothers
Frank Zappa & the Mothers—Hollywood, CA—circa 1966 (Photo by George Rodriguez/Cache Agency) [Roy Estrada, FZ, Henry Vestine, Ray Collins, JCB]

Joe's Corsage (2004) booklet

Joe's Corsage
[Ray Collins, FZ, Roy Estrada, JCB, Henry Vestine]

Rockaway auction

The Mothers

Inside the Whisky à Go-Go #1

Photographer: George Rodriguez

Joe's Corsage (2004) booklet

Joe's Corsage Joe's Corsage

Joe's Corsage

The MOFO Project/Object (Fazedooh) (2006) booklet, p. 8, 17

MOFO (fazedooh) MOFO (fazedooh)

Javier Marcote, March 4-5, 2015

George Rodríguez has confirmed me that he was the author of these photos.

Inside the Whisky à Go-Go #2

KFWB/98 Hitline, December 8, 1965

KFWB/98 Hitline
THE MOTHERS serenade "plastic people" every night at Whisky A Go Go. They are (l-r) Ray Collins, Henry Vestine, Frank Zappa and Roy Estrada.

Unidentified sources

The Mothers
[Ray Collins, FZ, Roy Estrada]

The Mothers
[Henry Vestine, Ray Collins, FZ, Roy Estrada]

"Corsage" Session

Joe's Corsage (2004)

Joe's Corsage

KFWB/98 Hitline, December 8, 1965

KFWB/98 Hitline
MOTHER REB FOSTER is initiated into The Mothers by Cherokee Jim Black (l), Frank Zappa and Roy Estrada.

 


The Mothers (Of Invention) with Elliot Ingber

c. February, 1966—Freak Out! cover session

March 12, 1966—T.T.G. Recording Session

c. April, 1966—The Mothers

Negatives and prints from Herb Cohen's personal collection, auctioned by Rockawayrecords

The Mothers
[Ray Collins, FZ, JCB, Roy Estrada, Elliot Ingber]

 

c. April-May, 1966—The Mothers

Negatives and prints from Herb Cohen's personal collection, auctioned by Rockawayrecords

The Mothers
[clockwise: FZ, Ray Collins, JCB, Roy Estrada, Elliot Ingber]

 

c. May, 1966—Sausalito, CA

Boat Session

Credited to Ray Leong on The Beat, March 25, 1967

The Beat, March 25, 1967, p. 20

1966
BEAT Photo: Ray Leong
. . . THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION, one of the leading groups in the generation gap, are pictured here with dancer, Karl, and three girls from the Mother's stage show.
[l. to r.: JCB, FZ, Ray Collins, Elliot Ingber, Carl Franzoni, Jean Vassar, Cherry Wood (see Sex In Today's World), Valerie Silvas, Roy Estrada]

The Mothers

Carl Franzoni, Facebook, September 27, 2014

in this picture taken in Sasalito, Ca. the women R Velerie Sillivas and Cherry and Jean. WE were all the Cheey sisters. all sang on the Album FREAKOUT >>> o.

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 38

MOFO

Rockaway.com auction

Mothers
[Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, FZ, Ray Collins, JCB]

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 23

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press LA Free Press

Carousel Session

Credited to Ray Leong on Open City, December 22-28, 1967

Open City, December 22-28, 1967

The Mothers
Photos by Ray Leong
[Roy Estrada, FZ, Ray Collins, JCB, unknown child, Elliot Ingber]

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 57

MOFO

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) Freak Out Hot Spots Map

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

Rockaway.com auction

The Mothers
[Ray Collins, FZ, Roy Estrada, JCB, Elliot Ingber, Cherry Wood]

The Mothers

Charles Ulrich, October 6, 2014

[Cherry Wood] confirmed that she was in the photograph on the carousel.

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

 

Ice Cream Session

Credited to Ray Leong on Open City, December 22-28, 1967

Open City, December 22-28, 1967

The Mothers
Photos by Ray Leong
[Roy Estrada, JCB, Carl Franzoni, Jean Vassar, Elliot Ingber, FZ, Ray Collins]

Carl Franzoni, Facebook, September 27, 2014

thats Jean licking away ice cream. like the rest of us. only with a spoon, o. >>>

Charles Ulrich, October 6, 2014

[Cherry Wood confirmed that] Jean V. was eating ice cream with a spoon. She couldn't remember the name of the third woman in the Ray Leong photographs.

Mystery Disc (1998) booklet, p. 10-11

Mystery Disc

The MOFO Project/Object (Fazedooh) (2006) booklet, p. 24

MOFO (fazedooh)

Musician, February, 1994, p. 21

Musician
Photograph by Michael Ochs Archives

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 22-23

MOFO

MOFO

MOFO

Unknown source

The Mothers
[FZ, unknown child, Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, JCB, Roy Estrada]

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album, p. 2

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album
1966: FZ, Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada (Verve)

Hit Parader, June, 1967, p. 45

MOI

Hit Parader, August, 1967, p. 61

MOI

Ten Years On The Road With Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, 1974, p. 6

Mothers
Above, Earliest Mothers strike dynamic pose in Sausalito
[Elliot Ingber, FZ, Roy Estrada, JCB, Ray Collins]

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 22

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 22-23

MOFO

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 23

MOFO

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 23

MOFO

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press
[Cherry Wood, JCB, Carl Franzoni]

LA Free Press
[Herb Cohen, unidentified lady, FZ]

Javier Marcote, July 15, 2013

The "ice cream" photos of the Mothers were also taken by Ray Leong.

bubonic, Zappa.com, January 26, 2004

I have a Set of 6 Public relations images taken to promote Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, taken during the Freak Out Album Period. New prints from negatives. Shot in 1966 in Sausalito, Ca. by Ray Leong.

 

Crane Session

Credited to Ray Leong on The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol. 1, 1973

Rockaway.com

Mothers
[prob. Cherry Wood, Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, FZ, JCB, Roy Estrada]

Freak Out! (June, 1966)—Rykodisc 1995 CD tray (inverted)

Freak Out!
[prob. Cherry Wood, Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, FZ, Roy Estrada, JCB]

Mystery Disc (1998) booklet, p. 12

Mystery Disc
Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, The Cherry Sisters (MOIaux) [Valerie Silvas, Jean Vassar, Carl Franzoni, Cherry Wood], FZ, Jim Black, Roy Estrada

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966, p. 9

LA Free Press

The MOFO Project/Object (Fazedooh) (2006) booklet, p. 25

MOFO (fazedooh)

Verve Records promo card, 1966

The Mothers Of Invention
[Elliot Ingber, JCB, FZ, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins]

Hit Parader, June, 1967, p. 45

MOI

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 56

MOFO

Charles Ulrich, July 22, 2013

I think this may have been taken on board a paddle steamer—possibly an old ferryboat in either Sausalito (ferry to San Francisco) on the San Francisco trip in May or San Pedro (ferry to Santa Catalina) in greater Los Angeles. The crane, boat/dock, and ferry photos could all be from the same general location (either Sausalito or San Pedro).

Charles Ulrich, October 6, 2014

[Cherry Wood confirmed that] the ice cream, boat, and crane photos were all taken in Sausalito.

Informants: Bill Lantz, Javier Marcote, Charles Ulrich

1966—The Mothers live

Photo by Ray Leong

Rockaway.com (via Al Fresco, Zappateers, September 24, 2011)

The Mothers

Informants: Javier Marcote

1966—Les Poosch Session

Credited to Les Poosch in Experience #7

Mothers
[Carl Franzoni, JCB, FZ, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins, Elliot Ingber]

Mystery Disc (1998) booklet, p. 14

Mystery Disc
Carl Franzoni (MOIaux), Jim Black, FZ, Roy Estrada, Ray ColIins, Elliot Ingber

 

1966—Claudia Cardinale Session

Credited to Richard Avedon in Epoca, July, 1967

The Mothers & Claudia Cardinale
[Carl Franzoni, Claudia Cardinale, Elliot Ingber, FZ]

Ten Years On The Road With Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, p. 8-9

Ten Years On The Road
Far left, in wild west boots and crazy pants, Claudia Cardinale poses with the M.O.I. for The London Times.

Mystery Disc (1998) booklet, p. 14-15

Mystery Disc
(Italian glamour magazine) Carl Franzoni (MOIaux), Claudia Cardinale, Elliot Ingber, FZ

The MOFO Project/Object (2006) booklet, p. 61

MOFO

Vikan, Iceland, September 7, 1967

Vikan

FZ & Claudia Cardinale
[Claudia Cardinale, FZ]

Cavalier, October, 1967

Claudia Cardinale & FZ

 

1966—8404 Kirkwood—European magazine session

Speak Up Magazine #58, Brazil, January, 1992, p. 40

1966
[Elliot Ingber, girl #1 (unidentified), GZ, FZ, Claudia Salter, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified)]

Playboy, Spain, August, 1993

Bravo

Claudia Chase-Bryce, April 28-29, 2016

I was sitting next to Jim Black, whom I was dating at the time—I was 17. My name then was Claudia Salter.

[...] I wish I could tell you who the other girls are, however I did not know them. I was dating Jim at that time—he had picked me up and said we were stopping by Frank's because there was a photographer there that was going to be taking pictures for a European magazine. I was just hanging back, then Frank said, "Claudia, come get in the pictures."

Various sources

Mothers
[Elliot Ingber, girl #1 (unidentified), Claudia Salter, FZ, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified)]

1966
[Elliot Ingber, girl #1 (unidentified), GZ, FZ, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified)]

Bild #41, Sweden, 1967

Bild

Bravo, Germany, May 22, 1967

Bravo
[Elliot Ingber, girl #1 (unidentified), GZ, FZ, Claudia Salter, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified)]

Bravo
[girl #1 (unidentified), FZ]

Orquesta Románticos de Cuba, Temas de películas. Rebelión en las aulas (LP, Zafiro ZV-584, Spain, 1971)

Temas de películas
[girl #1 (unidentified), FZ]

EFE Agency, Spain

EFE
[girl #1 (unidentified), FZ]

EFE
[JCB, girl #3 (unidentified), FZ]

EFE
[Ray Collins, JCB, Roy Estrada, FZ]

EFE
[Elliot Ingber, Claudia Salter, girl #1 (unidentified), FZ, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified)]

unknown date, Il Borghese, Milan

Il Borghese
[unidentified hand with 12-string guitar (probably Ray Collins), Elliot Ingber, FZ, Claudia Salter, JCB, girl #3 (unidentified), Carl Franzoni, Roy Estrada]

Informants: Javier Marcote, Claudia Chase-Bryce

1966—The Mothers at the Whisky à Go Go

Bravo, Germany, May 22, 1967

Bravo
[Ray Collins, FZ, JCB, Elliot Ingber]

Keystone Pressedienst

Keystone Pressedienst

Der Neue Hörberater #43, Summer, 1970 (via Hot Raz Times, 1973)

Der Neue Hörberater

Informants: Javier Marcote


August, 1966—Alain Dister Session

By Alain Dister, August, 1966

The Mothers
[Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Carl Franzoni, JCB, FZ]

The MOFO Project/Object (Fazedooh) (2006) booklet, p. 10

MOFO (fazedooh)

The Mothers
[FZ, Elliot Ingber, Carl Franzoni, JCB, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada]

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album, p. 1

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album
Frontcover picture by Alain Dister: Hollywood 66
FZ, Carl Franzoni, Jim Black, Roy Estrada, Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins

 

The Mothers
[Elliot Ingber, Ray Collins, Roy Estrada, Carl Franzoni, JCB, FZ]

Shooting Star—Celebrity Photo Syndication

Shooting Star
Dister—Mothers of Invention a 08/1966

 

The Mothers
[FZ, Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, Carl Franzoni]

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album, p. 4

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album
Hollywood, August 1966 (Alain Dister) [JCB, Roy Estrada, Carl Franzoni, Elliot Ingber, FZ, Ray Collins]

 

The Mothers
[FZ, JCB, Carl Franzoni, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins, Elliot Ingber]

The Mothers
[Carl Franzoni, FZ, JCB, Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins]

Mothers
[Carl Franzoni, FZ, JCB, Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins]

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album, p. 5

Aunt Jemima's Freak Family Album
Hollywood, August 1966 (Alain Dister) [Carl Franzoni, FZ, JCB, Elliot Ingber, Roy Estrada, Ray Collins]

 

FZ

 

The Mothers Of Invention with Del Kacher

c. September, 1966—The Whisky à Go-Go

Whisky à Go-Go
[(Motorhead sit in the audience?), Roy Estrada, JCB, Del Kacher, Billy Mundi, FZ, Ray Collins]

Teen Magazine, January, 1967

Teen Magazine
By Earl Leaf
[Carl Franzoni, girl #4 (unidentified); Roy Estrada, girl #5 (unidentified), Del Kacher, FZ]

 

September 17, 1966—Shrine Exposition Hall, LA, CA

Shrine Exposition Hall, September 17, 1966 Shrine Exposition Hall, September 17, 1966

Los Angeles Free Press, September, 1966

Shrine Exposition Hall

Pictures by Earl Leaf

The Mothers by Earl Leaf The Mothers by Earl Leaf

c. September, 1966—TTG Studios, LA

Al Fresco, Zappateers, February 23, 2015

The Mothers Of Invention
[Del Kacher, JCB, Roy Estrada, FZ, Ray Collins, Billy Mundi, Don Preston]

The Mothers Of Invention
[Del Kacher, JCB, Roy Estrada, FZ, Carl Franzoni (down in front), Ray Collins, Billy Mundi, Don Preston]

Del Casher, to Javier Marcote, February 13, 2015

Yes these photos were all at TTG Studios in Hollywood on Highland Ave around .July or Aug 1966.

Frank set up the smoke machine as we freaked out so some pics are fuzzy but a few are very clear before the smoke machine started.

[...] TTG had one large studio upstairs where this took place because we needed room for the TV cameras crew etc. They had smaller studios on the main floor for the combo rock sessions..

 

Probably c. September, 1966—unknown date and venue

Al Fresco, Zappateers, March 10, 2011

Recently Rockaway Records sold some pics at ebay that belonged to Herb Cohen

MOI
[Ray Collins, JCB, probably Del Kacher's guitar, FZ, Billy Mundi, Don Preston]

MOI
[JCB, probably Del Kacher's guitar, Roy Estrada, Billy Mundi, Ray Collins, probably another Del Kacher's guitar, FZ, Don Preston]

 

 

Special thanks to Javier Marcote.

Research, compilation and maintenance by Román García Albertos
http://globalia.net/donlope/fz/
This page updated: 2017-02-10