Dweezil Zappa Honors his Dad in Baltimore

Aug. 9, 2007, is the first-ever Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore. Zappa was born Dec. 21, 1940, in Baltimore. So why celebrate now? It happens to be the day that Zappa's son, Dweezil, has chosen to visit Baltimore and play some of his dad's songs.

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ANDREA SEABROOK, Host:

Do you know what day it is? Yes. Yes. It's Thursday, right. It's August the 9th, right. But in Baltimore, it's more than that. It's Frank Zappa Day. The prolific and quirky composer and musician was born in Baltimore and with his son, Dweezil Zappa, coming to town to play some of the old favorites, Mayor Sheila Dixon decided to make an official proclamation.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "DANCIN' FOOL")

M: (Singing) ...that's why I got this song. One of my legs is shorter than the other, and both of my feet's too long.

SEABROOK: Whereas, Frank Zappa's artistry invoked many musical genres including rock, jazz, electronic and symphonic music and his lasting impact has left an indelible mark on the arts and all those who attempt to follow in his footsteps.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "CONCENTRATION MOON")

M: (Singing) American way how did it start? Thousands of creeps killed in the park. American way.

SEABROOK: And whereas, Frank Zappa has received worldwide recognition for his talents, innovation and defense of the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SEABROOK: And whereas, representing the Zappa family, Dweezil Zappa is here today to embody his father's music and legacy on stage for the first time in Baltimore, making this an appropriate day to honor Frank Zappa's memory and his many great accomplishments.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "VALLEY GIRL")

M: (Singing) He goes like bag your face, I'm sure.

M: (Singing) Valley girl. She's a valley girl. Valley girl. She's a valley girl.

SEABROOK: Therefore, I, Sheila Dixon, mayor of the city of Baltimore, do hereby proclaim August 9, 2007 as Frank Zappa Day in Baltimore and do urge all citizens to join in this celebration.

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