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
(1966, lp, usa, ??) - feat.van dyke parks, billy mundi, jim fielder
|1967 stone poneys- stone poneys featuring linda ronstadt
|1967 neil, fred- fred neil
mothers of invention: absolutely
(1967, lp,usa, verve)
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
mothers of invention:
(1969, lp, usa, verve)
|1969 rhinoceros- satin chickens
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|
moondog matinee (6)
(1973, lp, capitol esw 11214) - feat.billy mundi
|skip battin: skip (1)
(1973, lp, uk, signpost sg 42255) - feat.billy mundi
(1973, lp, usa, ageless music a 9847) - feat. billy mundi
|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
(1998, cd, usa, ryko) - lp version only ?????
the frank zappa aaafnraa 2014 birthday bundle
(2014, download, --, barfko-swill)
|frank zappa: frank zappa for president
(2016, cd, usa, zappa records zr 20021)
/ mothers: meat
(2016, 3cd, usa, zappa records zr20024)
| akstens, tom-
original and traditional music
biographical information & random notes
From: Moore's Code
Which songs does Billy Mundi drum on?
From: John Henley
Most of Absolutely Free
also: "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.
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.
Formed a group called Rhinoceros in the early seventies. Cross between early Chicago and R&B.
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
IT WAS RICHARD MANUEL AND BILLY MUNDI PLAYED DRUMS, NOT LEVON HELM, WHO SANG LEAD ON THE BANDS TUNE "MYSTERY TRAIN" ON THEIR 1973 ALBUM "MOONDOG MATINEE". BILLY ALSO PLAYED ON A GEOFF AND MARIA MULDAUR LP OR TWO.
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.
Hastings - ex Daily Flash, Buffalo springfield and rehearsed with Clear
Light (no gigs)
Fonfara - ex Jon and Lee and The Checkmates (Toronto band that also
included John Finley, Peter Hodgson and Larry Leishman), also was in David
Clayton- Thomas's house band at the Scene, NYC, circa spring/summer 1967.
Alan Gerber - from Chicago, released single on Chess Records and toured Chicago circa before heading for New York. There he met Paul Rothchild.
later did sessions for Brewer & Shipley (he also joined their tour group
-'72), John and Beverly Martyn, Tom Fogerty and others.
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. http://www.rhinoceros-group.com/
From: BILLY MUNDI
If you want to know more about me,Ii am writing a book, entitled "Sideman".