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A Conversation With Dale Bozzio

Douglas McLean chats with American Rock and Pop Vocalist, Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa, Prince), for his latest Sound Cafe Podcast, 'Backstage'.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

One of music's most recognizable and influential artists, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, shares her most intimate and inspirational moments in her superb autobiography, ‘ Life is So Strange’.

Bozzio kisses and tells all, weaving stories from throughout her entire life including her childhood, her time as a Playboy bunny, her fateful introduction to Frank Zappa, her meteoric rise with Missing Persons, her love affair and collaborations with Prince, and so much more!

In conversation with Douglas McLean about her illustrious career and the song writing that has sustained her whole adventurous life.


Mental Hopscotch

Crew Slut

Somewhere There Forever (feat. Dale Bozzio)

Destination Unknown (feat. Dale Bozzio)

Simon Simon

Riot in English

Dale Bozzio is an American rock and pop vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the '80s new wave band Missing Persons and for her work with Frank Zappa. While with Zappa, she performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joe's Garage (1979) and Thing-Fish (1984). In her solo career, Bozzio has released four albums and one EP.

Bozzio co-founded Missing Persons in 1980 with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio (her husband from 1979 to 1986). In addition to being the band's lead vocalist, she also contributed lyrics. Missing Persons released one EP and six albums, including Spring Session M (1982), which achieved gold record status.

After Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Bozzio was signed to Prince's Paisley Park label which released her first solo album, Riot in English (1988). Bozzio subsequently reformed Missing Persons and continues to perform the band's repertoire at venues across the United States. She has also participated periodically in reunions of the original band and has continued her work as a solo artist.

Bozzio was influenced by black and white film era stars including Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich.  She was also influenced by Judy Garland, and Frank Zappa. For her work with Missing Persons, Bozzio drew inspiration from the screen images of black and white era actresses; however, she incorporated colour into her presentation. Her influence was behind Gelvin Guitars SSM guitar they made specifically for her with a Spring Session M theme to it.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

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