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This sturdy American blues-rock trio from Texas consists of Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), and Frank Beard (drums). They were formed in 1970 in and around Houston from rival bands the Moving Sidewalks (Gibbons) and American Blues (Hill and Beard). Their first two albums reflected the strong blues roots and Texas humor of the band. Their third album (Tres Hombres) gained them national attention with the hit "La Grange," a signature riff tune to this day, based on John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillen." Their success continued unabated throughout the '70s, culminating with the year-and-a-half-long Worldwide Texas Tour. Exhausted from the overwhelming workload, they took a three-year break, then switched labels and returned to form with Deguello and El Loco, both harbingers of what was to come. By their next album, Eliminator, and its worldwide smash follow-up, Afterburner, they had successfully harnessed the potential of synthesizers to their patented grungy blues groove, giving their material a more contemporary edge while retaining their patented Texas style. Now sporting long beards, golf hats, and boiler suits, they met the emerging video age head-on, reducing their "message" to simple iconography. Becoming even more popular in the long run, they moved with the times while simultaneously bucking every trend that crossed their path. As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the arena rock idiom -- both influenced by the originators of the form and British blues-rock guitarists like Peter Green -- while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support. One of the few rock & roll groups with its original members still aboard after four decades, ZZ Top play music that is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100 percent American in derivation. They have continued to support the blues through various means, perhaps most visibly when they were given a piece of wood from Muddy Waters' shack in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The group members had it made into a guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood," then sent it out on tour to raise money for the Delta Blues Museum. ZZ Top's support of and link to the blues remain as rock-solid as the music they play. The concert CD/DVD Live from Texas, recorded in Dallas in 2007 and featuring a still vital band, was released in 2008. The Rick Rubin and Gibbons-produced La Futura, the band's 15th studio album, and the group's first new studio outing since 2003's Mescalero, appeared in 2012. With the trio still a firm fixture on the worldwide touring circuit, ZZ Top released the Live: Greatest Hits from Around the World collection in 2016. ~ Cub Koda
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Albums by
ZZ Top

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    Tush [Live From Chicago]

    10 songs

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    La Futura

    13 songs

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    Tres Hombres [Bonus Tracks]

    16 songs

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    Mescalero

    13 songs

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    XXX

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    Rhythmeen

    10 songs

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    Degüello

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    Fandango! [Bonus Tracks]

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    Recycler

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    El Loco

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    Rio Grande Mud

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    Tejas

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    ZZ Top's First Album

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    Afterburner

    11 songs

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    Eliminator

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    Futura [Deluxe Edition]

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    Texicali

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    Hi-Five: ZZ Top

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    Chrome, Smoke & BBQ: The ZZ Top Box

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    Sixteen Tons [Live From London]

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    Sharp Dressed Man (Live from Los Angeles)

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    Rough Boy (Live)

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    Sharp Dressed Man / I Got The Six [Digital 45]

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    Legs

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Top Songs by
ZZ Top

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   La Grange
  3.   Sharp Dressed Man
  4.   Legs
  5.   Gimme All Your Lovin'
  6.   Tush
  7.   Cheap Sunglasses
  8.   Just Got Paid
  9.   Heard It on the X
  10.   My Head's in Mississippi
  11.   I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide
  12.   I Thank You
  13.   Rough Boy
  14.   A Fool for Your Stockings
  15.   Got Me Under Pressure
  16.   Jesus Just Left Chicago
  17.   Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
  18.   Sleeping Bag
  19.   Pearl Necklace
  20.   Tube Snake Boogie
  21.   She Loves My Automobile
  22.   TV Dinners
  23.   Velcro Fly
  24.   Francine
  25.   Bar-B-Q
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