On This Date, December 4th, in 1976: Tommy Bolin, guitarist for Deep Purple and The James Gang, as well as a gifted solo artist, was found dead in a Miami hotel room from a drug overdose. He was 25 years old.
On This Date, December 4th, in 1993: Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles with his wife Gail and children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva, at his side. He was 52 years old. In the image above, Zappa poses with his parents in the living room of his Los Angeles home. On the wall directly behind him is the Ed Beardsley painting Pretties For You, which was eventually used as the cover art and title for the first album by the band Alice Cooper.