Personalities | ZZ Top | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1970–present)

ZZ Top is a perennial blues trio from Houston, Texas, as well known for their sunglasses, furry guitars and long beards as for their signature boogie beats. Guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard specialize in hard, shuffling electric blues, usually tinged with humour and double entendres. Hits like ‘La Grange’, ‘Jesus Just Left Chicago’, ‘Tush’, ‘Legs’ and ‘Sleeping Bag’ have kept the band in the studio and on the road since 1970.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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