Key member of the
original Mothers Of Invention and longtime Zappa collaborator.
By Fred Mills
Euclid James “Motorhead” Sherwood of Frank Zappa’s Mothers
Of Invention passed away on Christmas Day at the age of 69. Media reports at
this time have not disclosed the cause of death. Sherwood was a
classically-trained multi-instrumentalist whose signature sax playing was an
integral part of the early Mothers albums (notably Freak Out! From ’66, and Weasels
Ripped My Flesh, 1969) as well as Zappa-helmed projects such as Lumpy Gravy and 200 Motels. He was also known for his onstage antics and flashy
style of sax-wielding.
Sherwood, a lifelong automobile aficionado, got the nickname
“Motorhead” from his fellow Mothers as an affectionate tribute. In more recent
years he performed with Mothers alumni in the Grandmothers project and projects
by Ant-Bee (Billy James) and Don Preston.