ZZ Topis an American band which was formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas, and they play blues rock style of music. The band is a big success in America and around the world. The members of the group consist of Billy Gibsons (guitar player and vocalist), Dusty Hill (bass & keyboard player & vocalist), and Frank Beard (drummer and percussion). After thirty five years the band still has the same original members. Up until 2006, they still had the same manager/producer, Bill Ham.
The band was most recognized in the 1970's and 1980's where they had their most success. They had many top hits during that period. The band is still touring and recording to this day. Who knows how much longer they will last. As long as they are able and they have fans, or until they decide to retire, they will do what they love to do. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March, 15, 2004.
The members are recognizable from their appearances too, and not just their music. Gibbons and Hill wear sunglasses and similar or matching clothes, and they have chest length beards. The Gillette Company offered the two a million dollars each if they would shave their beards for a commercial and they refused. They claimed they were too ugly without the beards. The members also previously played in the bands known as, Moving Sidewalks, and American Blues. These were Texas based groups. They played their first show together as ZZ Top in February, 1970 and toured a lot for several years. They released their first two albums at the Robin Hood Studio, in Texas and their third album was recorded in the Ardent Studios, in Memphis, Tennessee. Their third album was called, Tres Hombres and they released it in 1973. This album was their first real successful album. It was released on London Records. The group reached their peak of success with the release of the album called, Eliminator, in 1983. From it came the music videos for tracks from the albums. They were, Gimme Me All Your Loviní, Legs, and Sharp dressed Man. Every one of them featured a red 1933 Ford Coupe 3 window hotrod called, The Eliminator. There was also three beautiful women. The group used a synthesizer with this recording. Eliminator remains their most successful album so far.
It was reported that ZZ Top had recorded their 15th studio album on 2006 but the album was not released. On September 17, 2006 the group ended their contract with the RCA records label, and left their manager, Bill Ham. It is not known why these changes took place. The group has released a total of 20 albums and compilations and 42 singles so far.
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