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ZZ Top

ZZ Top in 1983
Background information
Origin Houston, Texas, USA
Genre(s) Rock, Blues-rock, Hard rock
Years active 1969 – present
Label(s) Rhino/WEA, RCA, Warner Bros., London
Members
Billy Gibbons
Dusty Hill
Frank Beard

ZZ Top (pronounced /ˌziːziːˈtɒp/) is an American hard rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The group members are Billy Gibbons (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Dusty Hill (bass, vocals), and Frank Beard (drums, percussion). Houston redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Rhino Entertainment is a specialty record label originally known for releasing retrospectives of famous comedy performers, including Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, and Spike Jones. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Warner Bros. ... London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Joe Michael Dusty Hill (born May 19, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, USA) is bassist and vocalist with Texas Boogie-Blues-Rock group ZZ Top. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Houston redirects here. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Joe Michael Dusty Hill (born May 19, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, USA) is bassist and vocalist with Texas Boogie-Blues-Rock group ZZ Top. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


They hold the distinction of being among the few rock bands still composed of its original recording members for nearly 40 years[1] and until September 2006, the same manager/producer, Bill Ham. Bill Mack Ham (b. ...


They reached the peak of their 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."[2] Their song lyrics often feature sexual innuendo and humor. Gibbons and Hill are also famous for their custom guitars, many of which were co-designed by Gibbons with master luthier John Bolin of Bolin Guitars. Hill requests that his basses have a similar neck profile to the 1950s Fender Precision Bass he used extensively in the early days of the band. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Cub Koda (b. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... An idiom is an expression (i. ... Rhythm section refers to the musicians whose primary jobs in a jazz or popular music band or ensemble is to establish the rhythm of a song or musical piece, often via repeated riffs or ostinati. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Humour in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... An engravers impression of Antonio Stradivari examining an instrument. ...


Nearly as well-known as their music is the group's appearance: 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 apiece to shave their beards for a television commercial but they declined, stating "We're too ugly without 'em".[1] Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses (RB2132 901L) Sunglasses or sun glasses are a visual aid, variously termed spectacles or glasses, which feature lenses that are coloured or darkened to prevent strong light from reaching the eyes. ... Cheap Sunglasses is a song by ZZ Top off their 1979 album Degüello. ... For other uses, see Beard (disambiguation). ... The Gillette brand logo The Gillette Company (NYSE: G) was founded by King C. Gillette in 1901 as a safety razor manufacturer. ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ...

Contents

History

Early years

The men who would form ZZ Top had played in several different Texas-based groups. Notable were Moving Sidewalks with Gibbons, and American Blues with Hill and Beard. They joined forces in late 1969: at first, Billy invited Frank for his project of a blues rock trio, and then, when they were looking for a new bassist, Beard proposed his former bandmate, Dusty. The Moving Sidewalks was a 1960s psychedelic blues-rock band, most notable for giving future ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons his start in the music business. ... American Blues were a 1960s Texas based garage band who played a psychedelic style of blues rock music influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators. ... Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining elements of the blues with rock and roll, with an emphasis on the electric guitar. ...


The origin of the band's name was not officially known for many years. Some theories included: the two brands of rolling paper, Zig-Zag and Top; a tribute to blues legend Z. Z. Hill; and/or Billy Gibbons seeing the two words running together on a dilapidated bill board. The real origin, as told by Billy Gibbons and also recorded in his book Rock + Roll Gearhead, is derived from the name of blues master B. B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King but sounded too similar to their blues legend hero. They figured that "King" was at the "top" so thus settled on ZZ Top. Zig-Zag is a popular brand of rolling papers that originated in France (#1 seller in USA as per industry publications). ... Z. Z. Hill (born Arzell Hill September 30, 1935 in Naples, Texas - April 27, 1984 in Dallas) was an American blues singer, in the Soul blues tradition, known for his 1970s and 80s records for Malaco. ... B. B. King (born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925) is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, widely considered one of the best and most respected blues musicians of all time. ...


They played their first show in February, 1970 and toured almost continually for several years. Their first two albums were recorded at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas. In 1973, they started recording with engineer Terry Manning at Ardent Studios in Memphis[3] for their third album, Tres Hombres (1973), the first for which they gained wide acclaim. This was released on London Records and contained the classic song "La Grange", referencing the bordello that is also the subject of the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Tyler is the county seat of Smith County in East Texas, United States. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Terry Manning is a music producer, songwriter, photographer and recording engineer known for work in rock, rhythm and blues, and pop music genres. ... Ardent Studios is the Memphis studio where albums released by Ardent Records and many other recording labels are recorded. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... La Grange is a song by the rock group ZZ Top from their album Tres Hombres, released in 1973. ... Prostitution is the sale of sexual services (typically manual stimulation, oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anal sex) for cash or other kind of return, generally indiscriminately with many persons. ... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a stage and film musical written by Larry L. King. ...


In September of 1974, ZZ Top drew 80,000 fans to a Labor Day stadium concert in Austin that they dubbed “ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barndance and Bar B.Q.” Also on the bill: Santana, Joe Cocker, Bad Company.[4] An overhead shot of the crowds that day was used on one side of the record sleeve for the release of Fandango! in 1975. Santana during concert in Barcelona 2003 Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a famous Mexican rock and roll guitarist, originally from Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco. ... Joe Cocker OBE (born 20 May 1944) is an English rock/blues singer who came to popularity in the 1960s, and is most known for his gritty voice and his cover versions of popular songs. ... Bad Company were an English hard rock supergroup founded in 1973, consisting of band members from Free (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke), Mott the Hoople (Mick Ralphs) and King Crimson (Boz Burrell). ... This page is about the flamenco style; for other meanings, see Fandango (disambiguation). ...


The band continued touring, recording, and releasing albums until 1977, when they took an extended hiatus. Their long-time manager/producer/image maker Bill Ham used this time to negotiate a deal that allowed the band to keep control of their previous recordings, which would be distributed by their new label, Warner Bros. Records. They reunited two and a half years later in order to start recording under the Warners contract. Unbeknownst to the other, Hill and Gibbons had both grown their now-famous beards. Ironically, the only beardless bandmember remained Frank Beard. Bill Mack Ham (b. ... Warner Bros. ...


Eliminator and 1980s

They reached new heights of popularity with the 1983 album Eliminator, boosted to prominence by memorable music videos for the tracks "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man" each of which featured a small bright red 1933 Ford Coupe 3 window hotrod called The Eliminator and a trio of mysterious, beautiful women who travel around helping various people. The album also featured a distinctive synthesizer-laced sound—a rarity in the blues rock genre—, which added a modern, electronic edge to the music, and helped the album become successful and a fan favorite. Eliminator remains their most successful album to date. Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Legs is a song performed by the band ZZ Top. ... Sharp Dressed Man is a popular song performed by ZZ Top from their signature album Eliminator released in 1983. ... Synth redirects here. ... Blues-rock is a hybrid musical genre combining elements of the blues with rock and roll, with an emphasis on the electric guitar. ...


Their next album, Afterburner, mostly featured the same blend of synthesizers, blues rock and the use of sequencers. But on subsequent albums, less and less synth- and sequencer-influenced music is heard. An occasional song with those elements and instruments is included on recent albums as a nod to their past. Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... The word sequencer can mean: a microsequencer in a computer CPU a music sequencer in the field of electronic music a DNA sequencer or a protein sequencer in the field of biology Sequencer (album) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share...


In 1987, they released the three-disc set, The ZZ Top Six Pack. When Warner chose to remaster six select albums from 1970 to 1981, they (along with the members of ZZ Top) remixed the back catalog to make it sound like their new music output. All the drum tracks were re-recorded and other random digital effects were applied. In an attempt to fit six albums on three discs, some tracks were faded out sooner than their original release versions. At the same time, individual remixed CD releases were released. The band's actual sixth album, Degüello, was spared the "Six Pack" treatment because of a legal issue involving the estate of Elmore James, whose song "Dust My Broom" was featured on the album. Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Elmore James (January 27, 1918 – May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. ...


The 1990s

Recycler was released in 1990, and proved to be the band's last album under their contract with Warner Records. Recycler was also the last of the albums often considered a distinct trilogy in the ZZ Top catalogue.[5] It marked a move back towards a more guitar-driven blues sound which continued in later albums, losing some of the synthesizer sounds and pop bounce of the previous two albums. This move did not entirely suit the fanbase that Eliminator and Afterburner had built up, and while Recycler did achieve platinum status, it never matched the multi-platinum sales of Eliminator and Afterburner. Recycler is the tenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ...


ZZ Top also contributed to the soundtrack, and appeared as the band in the wild-west dance scene in the 1990 movie Back to the Future III. They also appeared in the 1990 TV movie Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, portraying the Three Men In A Tub. Back to the Future Part III is a movie starring Michael J. Fox that opened on 25 May 1990. ... Mother Goose Rock n Rhyme is a 1990 Disney Channel Original Movie starring Shelley Duvall as Little Bo Peep and Dan Gilroy as Gordon Goose, the son of Mother Goose (Jean Stapleton). ...


In 1992, ZZ Top signed a five-disc deal with RCA Records. Sales were good, but not up to earlier standards. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ...


In 1993, ZZ Top inducted Cream into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Cream were a classic 1960s British rock band, which consisted of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


In 1997, ZZ Top recorded a song for amateur wrestler Nicholas "Wild Thing" Bauer, by request of WWE star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. For the band, see 1997 (band). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, or WWE, is a professional wrestling promotion, currently the largest in North America. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


2000 and beyond

In July 2000, while on tour in Europe, Hill was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which forced the cancellation of several dates in that tour. Hill has since recovered. This page is for the disease. ...


RCA impresario Clive Davis wanted to do a collaboration record (in the mode of Carlos Santana's successful Supernatural) for their 2003 release Mescalero. As per an interview in Goldmine magazine, artists Pink, Dave Matthews, and Wilco were among the artists slated for the project. The band members declined this offer, and Davis and RCA subsequently shuffled the band to second-tier status.[citation needed] Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist. ... Alecia Beth Moore (pronounced [1]) (born on September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (often stylized as ), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in 2000. ... For other persons named David Matthews, see David Matthews (disambiguation). ... This article is about the music group. ...


A comprehensive four-CD collection of recordings from the London and Warner Bros. years entitled Chrome, Smoke & BBQ was released in 2003. Chrome, Smoke & BBQ is a box set by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...


In 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones gave the induction speech, after which ZZ Top gave a brief performance, playing "La Grange" and "Tush." Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist, songwriter, singer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones in 1962. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ...


Expanded and remastered versions of the original studio albums from 70s and 80s are currently in production (removing the digital remixes of the Six Pack compilation). Marketed as "Remastered and Expanded," these releases include additional live tracks which were not present on the original recordings. Two CDs have been released to date (Tres Hombres and Fandango!) in 2006, with a third (Eliminator) originally scheduled for release on the March 24, 2008. The Eliminator re-release will also feature a collector's edition version containing a DVD which holds several videos and additional live tracks.[6]


As of 2006, it was reported that ZZ Top were recording their 15th studio album, however this album failed to appear, and on September 17, 2006 the band ended their contract with RCA Records and left their manager Bill Ham, president of Lone Wolf management. No reasons were given for these changes. In December 2006, Sanctuary Management added ZZ Top to its roster, however the band is still not currently signed to a label. Bill Mack Ham (b. ...


An article on Billboard[7] in May of 2007 quotes Dusty as saying that the band is eager to sign a new contract and resume recording in the near future, but no hints at timescales have been made. Dusty did suggest that a live tour DVD is in the works. Whatever the outcome of contract negotiations, the band will have to complete their current tour before any new studio recordings take place. In a later interview on VH1's Top 20 Countdown, the band said "A new album will be coming out as soon as our tours are done and when we get a record deal."[citation needed] VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently...


The band were honorees by Billy Bob Thorton at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors on May 24, 2007. Nickelback performed a rendtion of Sharp Dressed Man as an introduction. The same show also included Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis and Heart. The VH1 Rock Honors logo The VH1 Rock Honors are an annual ceremony that pays homage to bands who influenced the sound of rock music. ... This article is about the Canadian rock band. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Genesis is an English rock band formed in 1967. ... For other uses, see Heart (disambiguation). ...


On November 1, 2007 the band taped a live performance at the Nokia Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas, which will become a live DVD release (projected release date of June 9, 2008).[8][9]


ZZ Top's most recent high-profile was a performance at the 2007 Orange Bowl game in Miami. They also performed in 2008 at the Auto Club 500 NASCAR event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.


The Eliminator Collector's Edition CD/DVD celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band's iconic RIAA Diamond Certified album was released March 25, 2008. The release included seven bonus tracks (five of which are previously unreleased live cuts from 1983) and a bonus DVD (including the four concept videos originally associated with the album and four live performances from a 1983 British television programme). Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ...


Their cars and motorcycles

Billy F Gibbons is a fan and avid collector of custom cars and motorcycles.[10][11] His custom vehicles were a mainstay for the earlier ZZ Top videos and were also used for promotion.


The Eliminator

The red 1933 Ford 3-window coupé Hot Rod 'The Eliminator' was customized by Don Thelen at Paramount. The car was featured in a video trilogy from the album "Eliminator", consisting of "Sharp Dressed Man", "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Legs". The car was also featured in various custom car magazines around the globe.
'The Eliminator' gets eliminated by two wheel loaders in the video "Sleeping Bag" from the "Afterburner" album, while it saves a young couple from being captured by the bad boys. The car gets reborn as a mix between the Hot Rod and the Space Shuttle, as shown on the cover of the "Afterburner" album. When the Eliminator Shuttle rockets into space, controlled by the ZZ Top crew, a text appears "to be continued...". But in the next video "Stages", the shuttle only has a very brief showing at the end with the text "Stay tuned...". In the following video "Rough Boy" the shuttle plays a larger role as the sole customer in a car wash space station. This video closes the "Afterburner" trilogy with the ominous text "Stay clean...". The Eliminator has one last (so far) and almost imperceptible appearance at the beginning of the video "Burger Man" from the "Recycler" album. T-Bucket hot rod Hot rods are older, often historical, cars. ... Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... This article is about the space vehicle. ... Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ...


A 1/24 scale plastic model of the Eliminator was produced by Monogram under license. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Revell. ...


Leapin' Limo

Based on a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak, the car was stretched 40 inches, painted in black with ZZ Top graphics and used in the video for "Velcro Fly" from the "Afterburner" album. Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ...


CadZZilla

Based on a 1948 Cadillac Sedanette, the CadZZilla is a low-slung, sleek and dark custom car built by Boyd Coddington and designed by Larry Erickson. The name is a contraction of Cadillac, ZZ Top and Godzilla. It wasn't featured as prominently in ZZ Top's videos as 'The Eliminator', but it appeared in "My Head's in Mississippi" and in "Burger Man" - pulling out of the parking lot of a diner at the very beginning of the video. When CadZZilla has left the frame, it reveals a brief view of 'The Eliminator' parked besides the diner. An artist's rendition of CadZZilla was used on the cover of the "Recycler" album. In the video for "Doubleback", which uses Back to the Future Part III footage, CadZZilla appears at the final show down and similarly to the early Eliminator videos, three sexy women get out of the car and solve the problem. When the car drives off, a view of its rear license plate is shown: "I 8 Tokyo" - I ate Tokyo, a reference to Godzilla. Boyd Leon Coddington (born 1944)[1] is the owner of the Boyd Coddington hot rod shop and star of American Hot Rod on the Discovery Channel. ... -1... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ...


The car was well-received in the custom scene. Gray Baskerville, Senior Editor of the Hot Rod Magazine even named it as one of his favourite custom cars ever, and called it the epitome of the "Dare to Be Different" era.[12] The intense customization cost around 900.000 US$ at the time. CadZZilla was shown outside the USA, for example 2005 at the 14th Annual Yokohama HOT ROD・Custom Show.[13] CadZZilla's timeless looks motivated and inspired Richard Ferlazzo to design the Holden Efijy showcar.[14] Cover of Hot Rod magazine, featuring Don Garlits dragster Hot Rod magazine is the oldest magazines devoted to the hobby of hot rodding, modifying automobiles for performance and appearance, having been published since 1948. ... // Holden Efijy at the 2007 North American International Auto Show The Holden Efijy is a concept car created in Australia by Holden. ...


Scale models in 1/24 and 1/64 were produced under license.


Other cars and motorcycles

  • HogZZilla To accompany his CadZZilla, Gibbons decided to have two Harley Davidson motorbikes converted to matching custom bikes. The name is a contraction of the Harley Davidson nickname HOG, ZZ Top and Godzilla.
  • Kopperhed Based on a Fifties' Ford sedan, radical re-modelling of the roof creates the look of a 3-window coupé.
  • Mambo Coupé Based on a 1936 Ford Coupé.
  • Slampala Based on a 1962 Chevrolet Impala. The modern air ride suspension allows the car to be set to extremely low ground clearance. The scene term for this is "slammed", hence the name Slampala, a contraction of Slammed Impala.
  • 8 Ball B Based on a 1992 BMW 325i with a louvred hood/bonnet and distinct Pool-Billiard theme.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HOG, formerly HDI[2]) is an American manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HOG, formerly HDI[2]) is an American manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...

Discography

Studio albums

Date of Release Title Label US Billboard Peak UK Peak US Sales
1971 ZZ Top's First Album London Records
1972 Rio Grande Mud London Records
1973 Tres Hombres London Records Platinum
1975 Fandango! London Records 60 Gold
1977 Tejas London Records Gold
1979 Degüello Warner Bros. Records 183 (1984) Gold
1981 El Loco Warner Bros. Records 88 Gold
1983 Eliminator Warner Bros. Records 9 3 10x Platinum / Diamond
1985 Afterburner Warner Bros. Records 4 2 5x Platinum
1990 Recycler Warner Bros. Records 6 8 Platinum
1994 Antenna RCA Records 14 3 Platinum
1996 Rhythmeen RCA Records 29 32
1999 XXX RCA Records 100
2003 Mescalero RCA Records 57

ZZ Tops First Album is the debut album by American blues-rock ZZ Top, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... London Records is a record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, originally marketing records in the United States, Canada and Latin America from 1947 through the 1980s. ... Rio Grande Mud is the second album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... This page is about the flamenco style; for other meanings, see Fandango (disambiguation). ... Tejas is the fifth album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Warner Bros. ... El Loco is the seventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Recycler is the tenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Antenna is the eleventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Rhythmeen is the twelfth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... XXX is the thirteenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Mescalero is the fourteenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ...

Compilations

The Best of ZZ Top is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... See also: 1970s in music. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1987 Record labels established in 1987 // January 3 - Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... One Foot in the Blues is a compilation album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... See also: 1994 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1994 Record labels established in 1994 // January 29 - The Supremes Mary Wilson is injured when her jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of Los Angeles, California. ... Chrome, Smoke & BBQ is a box set by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... See also: 2003 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2003 Record labels established in 2003 // January - following an investigation by The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and London detectives, police raids in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 original Beatles studio tapes, recorded during the Let It... Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2004 Record labels established in 2004 2000s in music. ...

Singles

    • 1970 "Salt Lick"
  • from ZZ Top's First Album
    • 1970 "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree" #50 Pop
  • from Rio Grande Mud
    • 1972 "Francine" #69 Pop
  • from Tres Hombres
    • 1973 "Waitin' For The Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago"
    • 1973 "La Grange" #41 Pop
  • from Fandango!
    • 1975 "Tush" #20 Pop
  • from Tejas
    • 1976 "It's Only Love" #44 Pop
    • 1977 "Arrested for Driving While Blind" #91 Pop
  • from Degüello
    • 1979 "Cheap Sunglasses"
    • 1979 "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide"
    • 1979 "I Thank You" #34 Pop
  • from El Loco
  • from Eliminator
    • 1983 "Got Me Under Pressure"
    • 1983 "Sharp Dressed Man" #2 Rock, #37 Pop, #61 UK, #22 UK (1984 reissue)
    • 1983 "Gimme All Your Lovin'" #37 Pop, #53 UK, #10 UK (1984 reissue)
    • 1983 "TV Dinners" #67 UK
    • 1984 "Legs" #8 Pop, #13 Dance/Club, #16 UK
  • from Afterburner
    • 1985 "Sleeping Bag" #8 Pop, #1 Rock, #41 Dance/Club, #27 UK
    • 1986 "Woke Up with Wood" #18 Rock
    • 1986 "Velcro Fly" #35 Pop, #15 Rock, #43 Dance/Club, #54 UK
    • 1986 "Stages" #21 Pop, #1 Rock, #43 UK
    • 1986 "Rough Boy" #22 Pop, #5 Rock, #23 UK
    • 1986 "Delirious" #15 Rock
  • from Recycler
    • 1990 "My Head's in Mississippi" #1 Rock, #37 UK
    • 1990 "Doubleback" #1 Rock, #29 UK
    • 1990 "Concrete and Steel" #1 Rock
    • 1991 "Give It Up" #79 Pop, #2 Rock
    • 1991 "Decision or Collision" #14 Rock
  • from ZZ Top's Greatest Hits
  • from Antenna
    • 1994 "Pincushion" #1 Rock, #15 UK
    • 1994 "Girl in a T-Shirt" #27 Rock
    • 1994 "Fuzzbox Voodoo" #30 Rock
    • 1994 "Breakaway" #7 Rock, #60 UK
  • from Rhythmeen
    • 1996 "What's Up with That" #5 Rock, #58 UK
    • 1996 "She's Just Killing Me" #12 Rock
    • 1997 "Rhythmeen" #35 Rock
    • 1997 "Bang Bang" #22 Rock
  • from XXX
    • 1999 "Fearless Boogie" #13 Rock
    • 2000 "36-22-36" #31 Rock
  • also, the songs listed under "Music Videos" below

ZZ Tops First Album is the debut album by American blues-rock ZZ Top, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Rio Grande Mud is the second album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... La Grange is a song by the rock group ZZ Top from their album Tres Hombres, released in 1973. ... This page is about the flamenco style; for other meanings, see Fandango (disambiguation). ... Tush was the only single from ZZ Tops 4th album Fandago!.It reached nr. ... Tejas is the fifth album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... Cheap Sunglasses is a song by ZZ Top off their 1979 album Degüello. ... El Loco is the seventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Tube Snake Boogie is a song by the rock band ZZ Top from their 1981 album El Loco. ... Pearl Necklace is a song by ZZ Top from their 1981 album El Loco. ... Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Sharp Dressed Man is a popular song performed by ZZ Top from their signature album Eliminator released in 1983. ... TV Dinners is a song by Texas rock band ZZ Top, taken from their eighth studio album, 1983s 10-times platinum Eliminator. ... Legs is a song performed by the band ZZ Top. ... Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Stages was a hit single for the American rock band ZZ Top in 1985 from their album Afterburner. ... Recycler is the tenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... ZZ Tops Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Antenna is the eleventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Rhythmeen is the twelfth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... XXX is the thirteenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ...

Music videos

Sharp Dressed Man is a popular song performed by ZZ Top from their signature album Eliminator released in 1983. ... Legs is a song performed by the band ZZ Top. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... For the video game based on this film, see Back to the Future Part III (video game). ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ...

Videos

Greatest Hits is a music video compilation by ZZ Top. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... The Crossroads Guitar Festival was a music festival and benefit concert first held in 2004 and again in 2007. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. ...

Books

  • "ZZ Top: Bad and Worldwide" (1985)
  • "ZZ Top" by Mitchell Craven (July 1, 1985)
  • "ZZ Top" by Philip Kamin (March 3, 1986)
  • "ZZ Top" by Robert Draper (July 1, 1989)
  • "Elimination: The ZZ Top Story" (December 1, 1991)
  • "Sharp-Dressed Men: ZZ Top Behind the Scenes from Blues to Boogie to Beards" (May 1, 1994)
  • "ZZ Top: Elimination" (June 1, 1998)
  • "ZZ Top Greatest Hits" (July 1, 1999)
  • "The New Best of Zz Top for Guitar (Easy Tab Deluxe)" (July 1, 1999)
  • "ZZ Top / XXX (Authentic Guitar-Tab)" (March 1, 2000)
  • "ZZ Top - Guitar Anthology" (February 1, 2003)
  • "Essential ZZ Top" (April 2003)
  • "The Very Best of ZZ Top" (April 1, 2003)
  • "The Best of ZZ Top: A Step-By-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Billy Gibbons" (September 1, 2003)
  • "Billy F. Gibbons: Rock+Roll Gearhead" (October 15, 2005).

NOTE: Publishing dates were acquired from Amazon.com.


Awards

  • The Living Legends Award - Given out by The Board of Directors of the International Entertainment Buyer's Association (IEBA) live between Oct. 15-17, 2006.[15]
  • VH1 Rock Honors award in 2007[16]

VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

See also

This is the list of best selling music artists (including groups) worldwide, alltime. ... Main Article: Mainstream Rock Tracks This is an alphabetical list of artists who reached the number one position on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. ...

References

  1. ^ a b "ZZ Top Bio". TV.com. Retrieved on 2007-11-07.
  2. ^ AllMusic.com
  3. ^ Robin Hood Studios
  4. ^ ZZ Top
  5. ^ ZZ Top
  6. ^ ZZ Top | news_item
  7. ^ ZZ Top Eager To Return To The Studio
  8. ^ ARTS BRIEFS | GuideLive.com | Arts/Entertainment News and Events | Dallas-Fort Worth | The Dallas Morning News | Arts & Entertainment
  9. ^ Gary Graff (2008-03-20). ZZ Top gets busy on first album since 2003. Washington Post. Retrieved on 2008-03-24.
  10. ^ Top Gear Gallery.
  11. ^ Top Gear December, 2005.
  12. ^ HotRod.com
  13. ^ Moon Eyes
  14. ^ Rockford Fosgate
  15. ^ IEBA homepage
  16. ^ Honorees - Genesis, Heart, Ozzy Osbourne & ZZ Top | VH1 2007 Rock Honors

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External links

MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Joe Michael Dusty Hill (born May 19, 1949, in Dallas, Texas, USA) is bassist and vocalist with Texas Boogie-Blues-Rock group ZZ Top. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ZZ Top (pronounced ) is an American hard rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... ZZ Tops First Album is the debut album by American blues-rock ZZ Top, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ... Rio Grande Mud is the second album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1972 (see 1972 in music). ... Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). ... This page is about the flamenco style; for other meanings, see Fandango (disambiguation). ... Tejas is the fifth album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). ... Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). ... El Loco is the seventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). ... Eliminator is the eighth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). ... Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music). ... Recycler is the tenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1990 (see 1990 in music). ... Antenna is the eleventh studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Rhythmeen is the twelfth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). ... XXX is the thirteenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). ... Mescalero is the fourteenth studio album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... ZZ Top (pronounced ) is an American hard rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... The Best of ZZ Top is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1977 (see 1977 in music). ... Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). ... One Foot in the Blues is a compilation album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 1994 (see 1994 in music). ... Chrome, Smoke & BBQ is a box set by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2003 (see 2003 in music). ... Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top is a greatest hits album by American blues-rock band ZZ Top, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music). ... ZZ Top (pronounced ) is an American hard rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. ... La Grange is a song by the rock group ZZ Top from their album Tres Hombres, released in 1973. ... Tush was the only single from ZZ Tops 4th album Fandago!.It reached nr. ... Cheap Sunglasses is a song by ZZ Top off their 1979 album Degüello. ... Pearl Necklace is a song by ZZ Top from their 1981 album El Loco. ... Tube Snake Boogie is a song by the rock band ZZ Top from their 1981 album El Loco. ... Sharp Dressed Man is a popular song performed by ZZ Top from their signature album Eliminator released in 1983. ... TV Dinners is a song by Texas rock band ZZ Top, taken from their eighth studio album, 1983s 10-times platinum Eliminator. ... Legs is a song performed by the band ZZ Top. ... Stages was a hit single for the American rock band ZZ Top in 1985 from their album Afterburner. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Bill Mack Ham (b. ... The Moving Sidewalks was a 1960s psychedelic blues-rock band, most notable for giving future ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons his start in the music business. ... American Blues were a 1960s Texas based garage band who played a psychedelic style of blues rock music influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators. ...

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