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Self-taught composer, conductor, musician, guitarist, record producer, recording engineer, artist, social satirist,and film director, Frank Vincent Zappa was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 21, 1940. His mother, Rose Marie Colimore, was of Italian and French ancestry; his father, Francis Vincent Zappa, a chemist and mathematician, was an immigrant from Partinico, in the province of PalermoSicily. Frank was the eldest of four children raised in an Italian-American household where Italian was spoken often by his parents and grandparents. (more)

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