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Warren Cuccurullo

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Warren Bruce Cuccurullo (born December 8, 1956 in Brooklyn) is a rock and pop guitarist who has worked with Frank Zappa, Duran Duran, and Missing Persons. Cuccurullo grew up in the Canarsie neighborhood of New York City. He began playing drums and guitar as a young child.

The Zappa Years
In his teen years, Cuccurullo became a fan of Frank Zappa and began travelling to every show within reach, eventually appearing with the band on stage at a couple of shows as well as in the 1979 Zappa film Baby Snakes. He impressed Zappa by knowing the guitar parts to every Zappa song in the catalog, including the strangest sounds and most bizarre time signatures.

Among Zappa’s touring players were drummer Terry Bozzio and bassist Patrick O’Hearn. Cuccurullo became friends with them, and remained in touch after the tour ended. In December of 1978, Cuccurullo was invited to audition as a guitarist for Zappa’s new road band, and toured Asia and Europe for four months. After the tour, he returned to the studio with Zappa to work on parts of the Joe’s Garage albums. There Cuccurullo met Terry Bozzio’s new wife Dale, who also sang a few parts on the album. Afterwards Cuccurullo and Dale Bozzio began writing songs together, and eventually convinced Terry that they should launch a band together.

The Missing Persons Years
In 1980, Cuccurullo and the two Bozzios formed Missing Persons, added Patrick O’Hearn and Chuck Wild, recorded a 4-song EP entitled Missing Persons, toured, promoted the EP, and appeared in the movie Lunch Wagon.

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