ZZ Top is an American rock band formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band consists of guitarist
and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist and co-lead vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard.
ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a group, ZZ Top possesses 11 gold
records and 7 platinum (13 multi-platinum) records; their 1983 album, Eliminator, remains the group's
most commercially successful record, selling over 10 million units.
Houston, Texas, United States
Blues rock, hard rock
Moving Sidewalks, American Blues
Billy Gibbons stated in his book "Rock & Roll Gearhead", that it came from
the name of blues master B.B. King. They wanted to call themselves Z.Z. King but that was too similar
to their hero. So, they figured that "King" was at the "top" so thus settled on ZZ Top.
Billy Gibbons - vocals, guitar
Dusty Hill - bass, keyboards, vocals
Frank Beard - drums, percussion
Lanier Greig - organ, bass (1969; died 2013)
Dan Mitchell - drums (1969)
Billy Ethridge - bass (1969)
always pictured wearing sunglasses; chest-length beards.
ZZ Top Trivia
Drummer Frank Beard is the only ZZ Top member without a beard.
ZZ Top Quotes
Can't do it, simply cause underneath 'em is too ugly.
Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.
“[Tonight and tomorrow night the band will wrap up its latest six-month jaunt at the Beacon Theater, its first appearance in New York City in a decade.] We're seeing the end of a lengthy, successful tour, ... and we decided we'd land it right smack dab at the center of the universe.”
“Rock 'n' roll and automobiles have always had this synergistic connection,”
“We've been coming out with you for a long time, ... And it's the same three guys playing the same three chords right here.”