|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Waiting On The Flame||14||Audio||1994||Edsel Records|
American drummer, singer, songwriter & arranger.
Born in the San Bernadino area of Southern California, French's family moved west to where he grew up, in the desert town of Lancaster - hometown of two young artists who would have a profound effect upon his subsequent career as a drummer. [a=Frank Zappa] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Don+Van+Vliet]Don Vliet[/url].
French played with [a1883563] & circuit band Blues In A Bottle before eventually teaming up with [a256164] in 1966 to record [url=http://www.discogs.com/Captain-Beefheart-And-His-Magic-Band-Safe-As-Milk/master/77399]Safe As Milk[/url]. He went on to cut seven further albums with Vliet and the Magic Band, finally departing in 1980 with his familiar nickname 'Drumbo' - a tag from Vliet, made during his work on the iconic [url=http://www.discogs.com/Captain-Beefheart-And-His-Magic-Band-Trout-Mask-Replica/master/14817]Trout Mask Replica[/url] (1969), on which he was not credited.
With friend [a=Henry Kaiser] he made [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Crazy+Backwards+Alphabet]Crazy Backwards Alphabet[/url] & [m31986]. French also helped in the realization of [r819304] and reformed [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Magic+Band%2C+The]The Magic Band[/url] in 2003, also taking on Vliet's role as vocalist. After an album, video & BBC documentary with the band, French released [r2649429] in 2008.