|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||Jungle Dreams||2||Audio||1960||King Records (3)|
Born: 17th April 1943, Santa Ana, California, USA.
[b]Roy Estrada[/b] was playing electric bass on the LA circuit in the 1960s. He was in "[b]Roy Estrada & The Rocketeers[/b]" and "[b]The Viscounts[/b]" and when drummer [a=Jimmy Carl Black] joined them they became "[b]The Soul Giants[/b]". A residency at The Broadside club brought in singer [a=Ray Collins].
When guitarist Ray Hunt left, Collins introduced his acquaintance [a=Frank Zappa] (who was then at [b]PAL Studio[/b] in Cucamonga) to the band. When Estrada's founding partner Dave Coronado left, Zappa took over the band, which began to play his work. By the time PAL had become [b]Studio Z[/b] the group's name had morphed, as on the 1964 release of [m36466] with the newly-signed [a=Elliot Ingber]. Zappa describes [b]Estrada[/b] on the sleeve notes as "[i]...an asthmatic Pachuco, good-natured excellent bass player, involved in the R&B scene here for about ten years. He is unbelievably tolerant"[/i].
[b]Estrada[/b] left the band in 1969 to form [a=Little Feat] with [a=Lowell George]. The two performed together on "[b]Ivan the Ice Cream Man[/b]", a record for grown-ups by Ivan Ulz. In the early '70s [b]Estrada[/b] was a member of [b]The Magic Band[/b] with [a=Captain Beefheart], who gave him the persona [a=Oréjon] (Big-ears). He hooked up again with Zappa on the [b]Zoot Allures[/b] tour in '76 and then on a number of Zappa works. In 2002 [b]Estrada[/b] hooked up with 'The Grandmothers' tribute band, with [a=Don Preston] and [a=Napoleon M. Brock].