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Billy Mundi

Born: Sep 25, 1942

Death: Jan 1, 2014

Birthplace: San Francisco

Nationality: United States

Billy Mundi

Date of Birth : Sep 25, 1942
Date of Death : Jan 1, 2014
Birth Place : San Francisco

Billy Mundi was an American drummer best known as a member of The Mothers of Invention and Rhinoceros. He also has worked as a session musician. He sometimes used the name Tony Schnasse. A former Hells Angel, his career dates back to the late 1950s, when he majored in music at UCLA. After graduation, Mundi worked for three months as a tympanist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic before moving into studio work and a succession of local bands. In the early 1960s he played in Skip Battin's group, Skip and The Flips, and worked as a session musician on Tim Buckley's debut album among others. Mundi was briefly a member of The Lamp of Childhood in mid-1966. In 1966, he joined The Mothers of Invention during the recording of the album Freak Out!, and later provided drums for several subsequent Mothers albums. He also featured in the movie Uncle Meat. He was enticed away from the Mothers by Jac Holzman at Elektra Records to form a supergroup, Rhinoceros. According to Frank Zappa, Holzman "offered Billy Mundi a huge amount of money, a place to live, the whole package — we'll make you a star, you'll work with these top-grade musicians instead of those comedy guys...

Also known as

  • Mundi, Billy
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