Today in Weird Music History: 1982. Frank Zappa will surely be remembered as one of the most creative and adventurous musicians of the late 20th Century. But for all his influence and innovation, he did not have a major hit until collaborating with his daughter, 14-year-old Moon Unit Zappa. Like much of Zappa’s music, Valley Girl, poked fun at popular culture, but Moon Unit’s voice-overs done in “Valley Dialect” helped launch the song up the charts beginning on this date in 1982. It would be Frank Zappa’s only Top 40 Hit.
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