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ZZ Top (pronounced /ˌziːziːˈtɒp/) is an American rock band formed in late 1969 in Houston, Texas. The group members are Billy Gibbons (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Dusty Hill (vocals, bass guitar, keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums, percussion).
The band holds the distinction of being among the few rock bands still composed of its original recording members for nearly 40 years and until September 2006, the same manager/producer/image maker, Bill Ham.
ZZ Top reached peak commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring many hit songs during that era, but they remain together today and are still touring and releasing albums. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004. Summarizing their music, Cub Koda wrote, „As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America’s finest blues guitarists working in the hard rock idiom … while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support.” Their song lyrics often feature sexual innuendo and humor.
Nearly as well-known as their music is the group’s image: Gibbons and Hill are almost always pictured wearing sunglasses (a nod to their 1979 song „Cheap Sunglasses”), similar if not matching clothing, and their trademark chest-length beards (Ironically, in spite of his own surname, Beard almost always sports just a mustache). In 1984, the Gillette Company reportedly offered Gibbons and Hill US$1 million each to shave their beards for a television commercial but they declined, stating „We’re too ugly without ‘em”.
The players who would comprise ZZ Top had been in different Texas-based groups, most notably the Moving Sidewalks with Gibbons, and American Blues with Hill and Beard. By 1969, the rival groups had disbanded, and the three musicians joined forces. At first, Billy invited Frank for his project, a blues-rock foursome. Needing a new bassist, Beard suggested his former band mate, Joe „Dusty” Hill, and the nascent band stayed a trio.
The origin of the band’s name was not officially known for many years, but rumours abounded: a hybrid of two popular brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and ‘Top’; a tribute to blues legend Z. Z. Hill; and Billy Gibbons perhaps witnessing the two words running together on a dilapidated billboard. The real origin–as told by Billy Gibbons and recorded in his book Rock + Roll Gearhead–is derived from the name of blues guitar master B. B. King. The band originally wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King, but thought it seemed too similar to their hero. They thus figured that „King” was also at the „top”, and so settled on ZZ Top.
ZZ Top played their first show in February, 1970, and toured Texas almost continuously for the next several years. Upon signing a contract with London Records, the first two albums, ZZ Top’s First Album and Rio Grande Mud, were made at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas.
By 1973, ZZ Top began recording with engineer Terry Manning at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The resultant third album, Tres Hombres (1973), was the first for which the band gained a million-seller and wide acclaim. Hombres featured ZZ’s classic hit „La Grange”, a reference to the famous bordello, also the subject of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other album cuts like „Waitin’ for the Bus” and its immediate follower „Jesus Just Left Chicago” became fan favorites and rock-radio staples.
By September 1974, ZZ Top was drawing tens of thousands to shows such as the Labor Day stadium concert in Austin, dubbed “ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas-Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barndance and Bar-B-Q.” Also on the bill were Santana, Joe Cocker, and Bad Company.”
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Gimme All Your Lovin’
Blue Jean Blues
Waitin for the Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago