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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.

ZZ Top Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

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Billy Gibbons once memorably described ZZ Top's music as the "same three guys, same three chords," but our list of ZZ Top Albums, Ranked Worst to Best makes clear just how diverse his band could be.

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40 Years Ago: ZZ Top Return With ‘Fandango!’

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London

ZZ Top continued their winning ways on 'Fandango!,' which was released April 18, 1975.

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43 Years Ago: ZZ Top Get In Second Gear WIth ‘Rio Grande Mud’

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ZZ Top's second album, 'Rio Grande Mud,' was released on April 4, 1972.

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Joey Kramer Vs. Frank Beard: March Drum Madness

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Christopher Polk / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

They both rose to fame in the '70s, then made stirring comebacks in the '80s.

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Billy Gibbons Calls Upcoming Solo Album an ‘Unexpected Left Turn From ZZ Top’

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Billy Gibbons is returning to his roots for a planned solo project -- but they're not the roots you might have guessed.

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45 Years Ago: ZZ Top Plays First Show With Classic Lineup

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Reddit

It was a rather inauspicious beginning, this Feb. 10, 1970 concert at a Knights of Columbus Hall outside of Houston.

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Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries, News

ZZ Top and Weezer Form ‘Wee-Z Top’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

ABC
ABC

Jimmy Kimmel started his month-long 'Mash Up Mondays' series in style last night, inviting Weezer to join ZZ Top for a performance as the mashed-up Wee-Z Top.

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ZZ Top Will Perform With Weezer on Jimmy Kimmel’s Show Next Week

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Jimmy Kimmel must really like those ZZ Top guys.

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Watch ZZ Top’s Stage Return on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Following Dusty Hill’s Injury

ABC
ABC

Injury -- what injury? Dusty Hill made a triumphal return with ZZ Top on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' last night.

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ZZ Top Tour Dates

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

Since forming ZZ Top in 1969, the Texas blues-rocking trio of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard have built a bedrock concert reputation.

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Filed Under: Category: Concerts, News

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