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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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Sean Gardner, Getty Images

Top 10 Dusty Hill ZZ Top Songs

A look at 10 great songs by ZZ Top's OTHER bearded guy.

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Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

ZZ Top Tour Dates

Here's the latest on ZZ Top's 2015 touring plans, including a string of dates with Blackberry Smoke.

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Beer Clash of the Titans
Beer Clash of the Titans

Clash of the Titans: George Thorogood’s ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’ vs. ZZ Top’s ‘Beers Drinkers and Hell Raisers’

A cool new book by Ultimate Classic Rock's very own Jeff Giles sparked this week's spirited Classic of the Titans debate: Who made the best beer song?

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Ultimate Classic Rock

ZZ Top Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

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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London
London

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

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’

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

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Christopher Polk / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Joey Kramer Vs. Frank Beard: March Drum Madness

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

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

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

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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Reddit

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

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

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ABC

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

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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