ZZ Top is a highly acclaimed and veteran blues rock band that became famous beginning in the early 1970s. A popular live act with a devoted following, they are known for their dynamic stage presence as well as the band members' signature long beards and golf hats. ZZ Top first came to national prominence with such rollicking boogie rock classics as the bluesy "La Grange" (1974) and the bawdy "Tush" (1975). The band then underwent a change in both musical style and public image beginning in the late 1970s and became an MTV pop culture icon famous for such hard-driving rockers as "Gimme All Your Lovin" (1983), "Legs" (1984), "Sleeping Bag" (1985), and "Velcro Fly" (1986).
ZZ Top was formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas with original members Lanier Greig (bass, organ), Dan Mitchell (drums), and lead singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons. By 1970, after a number of personnel changes, the final classic lineup consisted of Gibbons, Dusty Hill (vocals, bass), and Frank Beard (drums), and ZZ Top had signed with London Records. In 1971, the band released its debut album, "ZZ Top's First Album," followed by "Rio Grande Mud" (1972) and "Tres Hombres" (1973) which include ZZ Top's earliest hits.
ZZ Top debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1972 with "Francene," a minor hit followed by "La Grange" (1974) and "Tush" (1975), the band's first Top 20 hit. This smash was followed by a steady stream of hits through the early 1980s that include "It's Only Love" (1976), "Arrested For Driving While Blind" (1977), "I Thank You" (1980), "Cheap Sunglasses" (1980), "Leila" (1981), "Gimme All Your Lovin" (1983), and "Sharp Dressed Man" (1983). ZZ Top's fame reached a new high in 1984 with the Top 10 smash, "Legs," followed by numerous hits through 2000 that include "Rough Boy" (1986), "Velcro Fly" (1986), and six Billboard Mainstream Rock chart toppers: "Sleeping Bag" (1985), "Stages" (1985), "Doubleback" (1990), "Concrete And Steel" (1990), "My Head's In Mississippi" (1990), and "Pincushion" (1994).
ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and their numerous other honors and accolades include three MTV Video Music Awards and induction into Hollywood's RockWalk in 1994. The band has released dozens of albums through 2019, many gold- and platinum-certified, that include such critical and commercial successes as "Eliminator" (1983), "Afterburner" (1985), "Recycler" (1990), and "Antenna" (1994). ZZ Top has appeared in several movies that include "Back To The Future Part III" (1990) which features the band's hit, "Doubleback," in the soundtrack.
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