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Ian Underwood

AKA Ian Robertson Underwood

Born: 22-May-1939
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Multi-instrumentalist for The Mothers of Invention

A remarkable multi-instrumentalist, Ian Underwood is best known as a member of The Mothers of Invention, having been enlisted by Frank Zappa to whip it out in 1967 (first documented on the 1968 release Uncle Meat). Underwood subsequently contributed his talents to both Zappa'a most critically acclaimed recordings (Hot Rats, 1969) and his most commercially successful (Apostrophe ('), 1974). He can occasionally be seen plying his trade in Zappa's 1971 big-screen epic 200 Motels.

After leaving the Mothers, Underwood worked as a session musician on numerous and varied projects, recording for everyone from Hungarian guitarist Gabor Szabo to easy-listening icon Barry Manilow. Some other names that have enlisted the Underwood magic fingers at one time or the other are Lee Ritenour, Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones. He presently lives in Los Angeles doing sessions (primarily synthesizer performance and programming) for film soundtracks; amongst the most notable of these are The Name of The Rose, Field of Dreams, and The Mosquito Coast

Wife: Ruth Underwood (musician, m. 1970, div.)

    University: BA Composition, Yale University (1961)
    University: MA Compositon, UC Berkeley (1966)

    The Mothers of Invention Keyboardist/Saxophonist/Flautist/Etc. 1967-1974

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Uncle Meat (1987) · Himself
    200 Motels (10-Nov-1971) · Mother of Invention


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