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When ZZ Top came out of Houston in the early ‘70s, they played a fuzzy mix of blues and boogie rock that totally suited their appearance and background. With slight variations over the years, that’s pretty much what they’ve stuck with for the past four decades. After a somewhat stumbling start, the trio (Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard) locked into 1973’s ‘Tres Hombres’ with a crowded-barroom intensity that shot them straight into the Top 10. Ten years later, they slapped a bunch of synth-driven pop rhythms on top of their beer-soaked rock ‘n’ roll and scored the biggest album of their career, ‘Eliminator,’ which yielded radio classics like ‘Gimme All Your Lovin’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and made them instant MTV stars. Since then, ZZ Top have released a steady stream of records and have regularly hit the road for their still-entertaining stage show.

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How ZZ Top Survived the ’80s

After having established a dedicated following with a five-album run that kicked off with their 1971 debut, ZZ Top entered the '80s with no idea that their fortunes would turn in a big way.

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London
London

40 Years Ago: ZZ Top Put It on Cruise Control for ‘Tejas’

ZZ Top kept the pedal to the metal for most of the early '70s, churning out album after album and touring relentlessly across the country behind a string of popular songs.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

ZZ Top Announce 2017 ‘Tonnage’ Tour

ZZ Top will heat up the road mid-winter with a run of North American dates they've dubbed their 2017 Tonnage tour.

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Adrian Borromeo, Ultimate Classic Rock
Adrian Borromeo, Ultimate Classic Rock

Funko Pop Figures: Our Classic Rock Wish List

Here's six classic rock stars we would love to see immortalized with their own Funko Pop Figures.

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RCA Records
RCA Records

20 Years Ago: ZZ Top Go Back to Basics with ‘Rhythmeen’

At long last, ZZ Top went back to their roots with 1996's 'Ryhthmeen.'

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ZZ Top Discography

ZZ Top Discography

The ZZ Top discography now spans 45 years, 15 studio albums, and as guitarist Billy Gibbons frequently jokes, “the same three guys playing the same three chords.”

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Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

35 Years Ago: ZZ Top Begin Refining Their ’80s Sound on ‘El Loco’

On one level, 'El Loco' was a continuation of ZZ Top's Texas-steeped blues aesthetic. But something else was in play, as a new synth-driven decade dawned.

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Suretone Records
Suretone Records

ZZ Top Grab Some ‘Tush’ on ‘Greatest Hits Live': Exclusive Premiere

Check out an exclusive preview of ZZ Top's 1975 classic from their first-ever official live album, 'Greatest Hits Live'

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

ZZ Top Call Former Manager/Producer Bill Ham Their ‘Fourth Member’

All three members of ZZ Top spoke at length about the man Frank Beard referred to as their "father figure."

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Neil Zlowzower

Updated with Photos: ZZ Top’s Summer Tour to Feature Dusty Hill Switching Between Bass and Keyboards

It looks like ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill isn't quite well enough to strap his instrument back on full-time just yet.

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