ZZ Top

Biography

ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Texas". Their style, which is rooted from blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena, Southern, and dance-rock. The band is from Houston, Texas, formed in 1969. Musician Billy Gibbons and drummer Dan Mitchell, originally in a band called the Moving Sidewalks, got together with bassist Lanier Greig, forming ZZ Top. In 1969, Greig and Mitchell were replaced by Dusty Hill and Frank Beard from the band American Blues. The band soon began developing a following in Texas.

They were signed to London Records in 1970, and released several albums, beginning with their 1971 debut album, followed by their 1972 album “Rio Grande Mud.” In 1973, the band emerged into the mainstream with the album “Tres Hombres,” and their 1975 follow-up “Fandango!” expanded on their sound and sense of humor. “Fandango!” cored the band their first Top 40 hit "Tush," peaking at #20.

By the mid-1970s, they were among the most popular touring acts in the United States and broke various concert attendance feats. After years of touring, the band went on a two-year break in 1977, which resulted in Gibbons and Hill growing chest-length beards.

They returned in 1979 signing a new deal with Warner Bros. Records, and released the album “Degüello.” The album went platinum, and reached #24 on the Billboard chart. The album produced two singles, including "I Thank You," and "Cheap Sunglasses." “El Loco” was released in October 1981, with three of its singles ("Tube Snake Boogie," "Pearl Necklace," and "Leila") reaching the Top 20 on the Billboard chart.

The band released 1983's “Eliminator” and reached a new height in popularity, selling over 10 million copies. It featured two Top 40 singles ("Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Legs"), four Mainstream Rock hits (including "Got Me Under Pressure" and "Sharp Dressed Man"), and "Legs" peaking at #13 on the Club Play Singles chart.

Throughout the late 1980s, the band made several hits and won several awards for music videos like "Legs" and "Sharp Dressed Man." After over 40 years of performing with the same members, the band continues to tour and record music.

ZZ Top has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, including 25 million albums in the US alone. The band scored 8 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, six number one Mainstream Rock hits, and three MTV Video Music Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

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