Frank Zappa was born on December 21, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. Zappa became interested in music as a young child. He attended Chaffy College in Alta Loma, California. Zappa performed many different kinds of music. The performances included modern/alternative rock, pop and jazz music. During one of his performances at the Rainbow Theatre in London, Zappa was pushed from the stage by a demented fan and was seriously injured. Not only was he a masterful guitarist, but he could also conduct a full symphony orchestra. He became one of the most accomplished composers of the rock era. His music combined contemporary classical with a love for the doo wop rock of the late 50's. Frank Zappa died of Cancer on December 4, 1993.