I am sorry to hear of Jimmy Carl Black's passing. He was a truly unique artist whom I admired. When he was in the Mothers I dug him as a role model as I was a half-breed kid from the wastes of Texas who wanted out and I looked up to him for laughs. "Lonesome Cowboy Burt" was pure genius. "Cruisin' With Ruben and the Jets" is for the ages. Jimmy Carl seemed to like people when Frank Zappa seemed to have contempt for people. Jimmy was 100% an American character.