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His band "The Magic Band" changed members frequently. Captain Beefheart was the act and the Magic Band were always the backup.
While never a commercial hit, Captain Beefheart had a large cult following and his exploration into multiple genera from blues to spoken word, paved the way for future musicians.
Captain Beefheart was born Don Van Vliet and was a multi-instrument musician and composer who penned hundreds of songs. He passed away in 2010.