RIP Billy Mundi

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  1. Galeans

    Galeans Forum Resident Thread Starter

    It was reported today on Zappateers that original Mothers of Invention/Rhinocheros/Tim Buckley and 60s session drummer Billy Mundi passed away 29th March 2014. He was 71. After the 70s, Billy went away from the music scene, and kept a private life, but according to those who were still in touch with him, he was diabetic and he had a leg amputated for this, even though he was still playing on a special set. According to his profile page on Zappa's United-Mutations website, at one point, Billy was writing a book about his carreer, which was to be called "Sideman". Unfortunately, to my knowledge, it never came out.

    If you like the swing/jazzier stuff on the early Mothers of Invention albums... well, that was Billy. I always prefeered the way Mundi handled the drums on "King Kong" than Tripp. He gave the song a jazzier feel, which made it sound more majestic.

    He plays on "Absolutely Free" (the left-panned drums), most of "We're Only In It For The Money" (the original non-overdubbed version) and on some of "Uncle Meat".

    This page here lists all of Billy's credited performances. If you click on the link, you can also see pictures of Billy 10 years ago.
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  2. marantzbe

    marantzbe Hyperactive!

  3. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate
  4. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

    PATCO Speedline
    IIRC, I saw Mr. Mundi backing up Geoff Muldaur @ Amazingrace in Evanston, IL in 1976, opening for Leon Redbone. A great evening.

  5. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    RIP :(

    It's been a bad last few years for former Mothers of Invention passings.
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  6. OnTheRoad

    OnTheRoad self identified, evolved misanthropic narcissist

    Sad to hear this...


    RIP Billy...
  7. danner

    danner Forum Resident

    Birmingham, AL
    I thought the same thing when I saw this. RIP.
  8. rstamberg

    rstamberg Senior Member

    Riverside, CT
  9. Timmy84

    Timmy84 Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    Rest in power, Billy.
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  10. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    The Cosmos
    RIP Billy. We're losing all our Mothers.:shake:
  11. carledwards

    carledwards Forum Resident

    Sorry to hear it. He made a good contribution to FZ music.
  12. bekayne

    bekayne Forum Resident

  13. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Rest Easy, Mr. Mundi.
  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    rest In peace...
  15. Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Senior Member

    He played on so many great recordings. RIP
  16. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    Good call. I had totally forgotten that Billy was in Rhinoceros. RIP.
  17. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    The Cosmos
    I have the first two albums by Rhinoceros on vinyl.
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