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ZZ Top

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.

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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Warner Bros.
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
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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