Captain Beefheart born on this day in 1941. Watch: The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart doc

Born on this day in 1941, Don Van Vliet, (Captain Beefheart). Albums, ‘Safe As Milk’, ‘Trout Mask Replica’, ‘Strictly Personal’, with his Magic Band. Captain Beefheart died on 17th Dec 2010 aged 69 from complications from multiple sclerosis.

The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart is a BBC documentary from 1997, on the late, great Don Van Vliet. Its presented by the also late and lamented DJ, John Peel, who was once tour driver for Captain Beefheart, and contains contributions from Frank Zappa, John French, Ry Cooder, and Matt Groening.