Don Van Vliet (born with the name Donald Glen Vliet) is an American musician, singer-songwriter and artist. He is best known by his nickname Captain Beefheart. He was born in Glendale, California, on January 15, 1941. His musical skill was accompany with a group of musicians which he called "The Magic Band" (it is active between 1965 and 1982) whom he recorded 12 studio albums. He is famous for his impressive singing voice with its wide range. Captain Beefheart also playing the harmonica, saxophone and several other wind instruments. His music is a combination of rock, blues and psychedelia with free jazz, avant-garde and current experimental composition. Don Van Vliet was also known for practicing almost an absolute control over his supporting musicians and other fantasy about his life.
Don Van Vliet start painting and sculpting at the age of three. His subjects shows his "passion" with animals such as dinosaurs, fish, African mammals and lemurs. When he reach the age of nine he won a competition (children's sculpting) which organised for the Los Angeles Zoo by Agostinho Rodrigues (a local tutor). During the 1950s, Captain Beefheart worked as a beginner to Rodrigues (who acknowledge him a child genius). At the age of eleven, he is also challenge to have been a lecturer at the Barnsdale Art Institute in Los Angeles.