Many rock stars' fortunes fade even while they're still out there performing. Others leave little legacy, no matter how many hit singles they may have had back in the day.
And then there's Frank Zappa.
Zappa died almost 20 years ago, which seems almost impossible.
And he was just 52 when cancer took him, but he still created a prodigious body of work that's surely the envy of many other performers, composers and producers.
For a decade at the height of Zappa's career, guitarist and vocalist Ike Willis was routinely by his side in the studio and on the road.
Willis and his band, Ugly Radio Rebellion, return to Savannah on June 13 for two sets at The Wormhole at 2307 Bull St.
Local act Star Period Star will open at 7 p.m. Ugly Radio Rebellion is scheduled for 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
And have I said in a while how many Savannahians like early shows?
Not everyone wants to wait till 10:30 p.m. - or sometimes much later - as is common at some of the city's key venues.
General admission tickets will be $20 at the door, but note that admission is good for both sets.
As the bar did on Valentine's Day for Jonathan Richman, The Wormhole is offering reserved tables for two for not that much more than regular tickets.
If the June 13 gig at The Wormhole is all about a legend, the June 14 show at The Jinx is all about the future.
Three great young acts will perform.
The Savannah-based female trio Lovely Locks, which wowed one out-of-town reviewer at the most recent Savannah Stopover, is headlining the show.
They'll be joined by The Accomplices, as talented an ensemble as you'll find around these parts, and by Charleston's Rachel Kate.
Some of you will remember her. She fronted The Shaniqua Brown, which established a nice Savannah following but disbanded about a year ago.
Rachel Kate also appeared in Savannah providing musical interludes between stories on The Unchained Tour last year.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged, www.billdawers.com. He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.