billy mundi

Billy Mundi joined the Mothers during the recording of "Freak Out". He performed with The Mothers in 1967, and quit the band to join Rhinoceros.

He can be heard on various of the early Mothers albums.


  tim buckley: tim buckley (1)
    (1966, lp, usa, ??) - feat.van dyke parks, billy mundi, jim fielder
  1967 stone poneys- stone poneys featuring linda ronstadt    
  1967 neil, fred- fred neil    
2 the mothers of invention: absolutely free
    (1967, lp,usa, verve)
3 the mothers of invention: we're only in it for the money
   (1967, lp, usa, verve)

  1968 earth opera- earth opera    
  1968 rhinoceros- rhinoceros    
  geoff & maria muldaur: pottery pie
    (1968, lp, usa, reprise) - feat. billy mundi  /  released on cd in 1990

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6 the mothers of invention: mothermania
   (1969, lp, usa, verve)

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  1969 rhinoceros- satin chickens    
7 the mothers of invention: uncle meat
   (1969, 2lp, usa, bizarre)

  1970 martyn, john- stormbringer    
  1970 dylan, bob- new morning    
  1971 mcguire, barry- barry mcguire & the doctor  
  1971 pearls before swine- beautiful lies you could live    
  1971 stewart, john- sunstorm    
  bobby charles: bobby charles
    (1972, lp, usa, bearsville br-2104) - feat. billy mundi
  1972 borderline- sweet dreams & quiet desires    
  1972 fogerty, tom- tom fogerty    
  geoff & maria muldaur: sweet potatoes
    (1972, lp, usa, reprise/warner records ms 2073) - feat.jeff simmons, billy mundi
  1972 peter, paul and mary- peter    
  1972 rundgren, todd- something/anything?    
  1972 razmataz- for the first time   
  the band: moondog matinee (6)
    (1973, lp, capitol esw 11214) - feat.billy mundi
  skip battin: skip (1)
   (1973, lp, uk, signpost sg 42255) - feat.billy mundi
  john compton: to luna
    (1973, lp, usa, ageless music a 9847) - feat. billy mundi

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  1973 brewer & shipley- rural space    
  1973 simon, john- journey    
  1975 beth, karen- new moon rising    
  1975 fabulous rhinestones- rhinestones    
  1975 ronstadt, linda- stone poneys featuring linda ronstadt    
  the rhinestones: the rhinestones
    (1975, lp, usa, ??) - feat. billy mundi
  1978 mccaslin, mary- bramble & the rose    
  1981 average band- some people    
  1987 muldaur, geoff- pottery pie    
  the mothers of invention: 'tis the season to be jelly
    (1991, cd, usa, rhino foo-eee records r2 70542)
  1992 mccaslin, mary- things we said today: the best of m    
  frank zappa: you can't do that on stage anymore vol.5 (58)
   (1992, 2cd, usa, ryko)
  1996 ringer, jim- best of jim ringer: band of jesse j    
  1997 dylan, bob- nashville skyline/new morning/john    
  frank zappa: mystery disc (67)
   (1998, cd, usa, ryko)    - lp version only ?????
  various artists: the frank zappa aaafnraa 2014 birthday bundle
    (2014, download, --, barfko-swill)
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frank zappa: frank zappa for president
    (2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr 20021)
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zappa / mothers: meat light
    (2016, 3cd, usa, zappa records zr20024)
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       akstens, tom- original and traditional music    

biographical information & random notes


From: John Henley  

     From: Moore's Code
Which songs does Billy Mundi drum on?

     From: John Henley
Most of Absolutely Free
"Who Needs the Peace Corps", "Flower Punk" (yeh!), "Mother People", and most splendiferously and magnificently, the original studio "King Kong"  to which Mundi gives a jazz drive and swing that are found in none, I repeat NONE, of the other versions - except the live one on "'Tis the  Season to be Jelly" which is also drummed by Billy.

     From: BrWarburto
 Billy up-date:  studied at UCLA late '50s. joined future Byrds/ex
Skip & Flip member Skip Battin's group early '60s till circa Dec' 65.
then joined Maston & Brewer with Tom Maston, Mike Brewer and Jim Fielder.
May have recorded song 'Bound To Fall'- later covered by Steve Still's
Manassas. Nearly joined Buffalo Springfield in April '66. joined Lamp of Childhood in May '66 alongside James Hendricks (Mama Cass' husband), Fred Olsen and Rick Tani and recorded a few 45s for Dunhill. Oct '66 - appeared on Tim Buckley's debut alongside Jim Fielder, both then joined Mothers of Invention. Left Mothers Dec. '67. Last to join Rhinoceros. In After leaving around July '69, sessions in NYC. Later played with groups Razmataz and Borderline.

     From: unknown
Formed a group called Rhinoceros in the early seventies. Cross
between early Chicago and R&B.

     From: unknown
About two years ago I met up with a man who claimed to be and looked like an older Billy Mundi. I have seen some of his personal pictures and he has a couple of them with Frank in them.
He is not playing anymore.

     Mike Kolesar sez:
Billy joined Rhinoceros in 1968 after leaving the Mothers (also in the band were ex-members of Iron Butterfly (Danny Weis, Jerry Penrod), Daily Flash/Buffalo Springfield (Doug Hastings), and,
I believe, the Barry Goldberg Reunion or one of those Bloomfield/Goldberg bands (Michael Fonfara).  Mundi played on the first two Rhinoceras albums, not on the third. 
I heard that he had gone into teaching (music, presumably).

     Taylor Martin said:
Last time I saw Billy Mundi was when he was playing drums in Kate Taylor's band. She's James Taylor's sister.

     Andy Hollinden said:
Billy Mundi can be heard on Bob Dylan's New Morning (1970).

      From: Steve Roche
The Band recorded "Mystery Train" in January 1973 for their album "Moondog Matinee".  Billy Mundi is credited with drums, second to
Levon Helm.

     From: Thomas Lennox

     From: lukasz
Hello there, My name's Nick Warburton and I am currently writing an
article on Rhinoceros. I have been in contact with Alan Gerber, Doug Hastings and Frazier Mohawk. The group came together around November 1967 as Elektra's house band - appeared on David Ackles' debut album. Billy joined in December and was the last to join the group. He stayed until around July 1969.

     From: Richard Morton
I came across your net sight about Frank Zappa.  I found it by searching
for the name of my 70's band, RAZMATAZ. Billy Mundi played drums on the album when we recorded it for United Artists records in 1970. We roomed together at the Hotel Manhattan in New York City and it was quite an experience.  That was the only album we cut but I have been recently working on a new "Razmataz" album consisting of new versions of the songs which were demoed for a never-recorded second album.

     From: Mike Paxman
A page about the sixties "supergroup" that recorded on Elektra, Rhinoceros.

      From: BILLY MUNDI
If you want to know more about me,Ii am writing a book, entitled "Sideman".



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