Geronimo Black

Geronimo Black was an American rock band that released a self-titled album on Uni Records in 1972. They were formed by drummer Jimmy Carl Black and reedist Bunk Gardner, both longtime members of Frank Zappa‘s Mothers of Invention. Guitarist Denny Walley later backed Zappa and joined Captain Beefheart‘s Magic Band. They reconvened as Geronimo Black for the 1980 release Welcome Back on Helios Records.

Members: Jimmy Carl Black (drums, vocals), Andy Cahan (keyboards, guitar, drums, vocals), Tjay Cantrelli (woodwinds, vocals), Bunk Gardner (woodwinds, piano, trumpet), Tom Leavey (bass, harmonica, backing vocals), Denny Walley (guitar, vocals)

Geronimo Black formed in September 1969 when Black and Gardner, both fresh off stints in the Mothers, teamed with ex-Love wind player Tjay Cantrelli, Dr. John side-player Andy Cahan, and two members of NYC garage-rockers The Detours: Walley and bassist Tom Leavey.


  • Geronimo Black (1972)
  • Welcome Back (1980)


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