ZZ Top Biography

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ZZ TopZZ Top is an American blues rock band composed of vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The band formed in Houston, Texas sometime in 1969. They trio first came from different Texas based bands. The trio joined forces in 1969 when Gibbons invited Beard to become a part of his blues rock trio. Beard referred Hill as bassist for the band and ZZ Top was born.

The band played their first show in February of 1970. They continually went on tours for two years where they were also able to release their first two albums. They gained some popularity only after they released their third album, Tres Hombres in 1973. It contained the hit song "La Grange" that helped the album reach the Top 10 Charts in 1973. They continued touring as well as releasing albums until 1977 when they took an extended hiatus.

The band reunited sometime in 1979 in order to record a new album under their new label, Warner Bros. Records. It was during this time that both Gibbons and Hill have noticeably grown their beards which made them famous later on. They again became popular with the release of their 1983 album, Eliminator. The album gained more prominence due to their popular music videos for "Legs", "Gimme All Your Lovin’" and "Sharp Dressed Man".

The previous straight blues rock sound of the band was added with distinct synthesizer-based sound that was previously unheard of in the blues rock scene. It made the band catch up with the times by making their songs sound modern with that electronic edge. The album eventually became a fan favorite and is considered as the band’s most successful album. The Eliminator was able to reach the number nine position of the Billboard 200 Charts in 1983. To date, the album has been able to achieve 10 times Platinum status.

The band next released their album Afterburner in 1985 which also featured the same synthesizer laced sound of their previous album. This album was also a commercial success and was able to land on the fourth spot of the Billboard 200 albums chart on the same year. The album was also able to achieve multi-platinum status.

The band also released to subsequent albums, Recycler in 1990 and Antenna in 1994 that also went platinum. Recycler was the band’s first album to revert back to their original blues roots by toning down the synthesizer sounds. This change may have affected a number of their fans which have been looking forward to their catchy modern songs of their previous albums. Although the said two albums were able to reach platinum status, they were not able to achieve the success that Eliminator and Afterburner was able to achieve.

The band is still presently active and have been continuously releasing album after album as well as going on several tours. In 2004, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ZZ Top holds the distinction of being one of a number of bands that is still composed of its original members after more than 37 years.

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