What's a girl like you...?
Candy Zappa has been immersed in music since her early childhood, when her big brother Frank would listen
to her songs and gave her musical advice. At the age of eleven, she picked up her father's guitar and started fooling around
with it -- prompting Frank to give her her first guitar lessons. As she puts it: When Frank thought I was ready to get busy
he said 'You're on your own now, kid. Get to work.' "
That work has obviously paid off. With her unique, soulful voice, absolute musical confidence, and a bent (We prefer the term
acutely transpondent -- ed.) sense of humor that would seem to run in the family, Candy has been performing blues,
jazz, and original material for nearly three decades, with a break during the '70s to raise her three children. In the '80s
and '90s her appearances with bands in the Los Angeles area gained her a rabid cult following.
In 1988, Candy appeared on a television show called "Relatively Speaking", formatted after the old "What's My Line" show.
The premise being that if you were related to someone famous, you would be questioned by a panel to discover who your famous
relative was. Currently, in addition to her work with Lennon/Tabacco/Zappa, she is often the featured vocalist with the Ed
Palerrno Big Band. Candy's appearance was one of the highlights of the 13th annual Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany,
where she performed with both the Lennon/Tabacco/Zappa and Ed Palermo bands. During the festival she was also an honored guest
at the dedication in Bad Doberan of the first government-sponsored monument to her late brother Frank.
Her book My Brother Was a Mother: A Zappa Family Album(California Classics Books) will be released in early spring,