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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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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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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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Warner Bros.

Former ZZ Top Manager Bill Ham Dead at 79

Manager Bill Ham, whose long stewardship of ZZ Top's career coincided with the band's rise to global superstardom, has died at the age of 79.

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

ZZ Top to Release ‘Greatest Hits Live’

'Greatest Hits Live' contains 15 songs recorded on three continents.

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Evening Standard / Michael Buckner, Getty Images

Did ZZ Top’s Rhythm Section Really Masquerade as the Zombies?

ZZ Top's Frank Beard and Dusty Hill apparently spent some time in the late '60s performing as part of a knockoff version of the Zombies.

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Ethan Miller / Mike Coppola, Getty Images

ZZ Top to Tour U.S. With Gov’t Mule

The two guitar-based acts will hit the road for a brief tour in September.

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Sean Gardner, Getty Images

ZZ Top Reschedules More Dates After Dusty Hill’s Injury

ZZ Top have pushed back their on-going tour until May 7, as Dusty Hill continues to recover from a touring injury.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill Dislocates Shoulder, Show Postponed

ZZ Top have been forced to postpone at least one show on their current tour following an injury to bassist Dusty Hill.

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Ethan Miller / Gustavo Caballero, Getty Images

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman Announce Co-Headlining Tour

ZZ Top and Gregg Allman have expanded their respective travel plans to join up for a co-headlining tour that will keep them on the road throughout late summer and into the fall.

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Ethan Miller / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

How Corporate Sponsorship Cost the Black Crowes a Tour With ZZ Top

The Black Crowes were a young band on the rise in early 1991, with a hit debut record and a plum slot opening for ZZ Top.

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