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ZZ Top

1949

Dusty Hill of ZZ Top is born in Dallas, Texas.

1949

Frank Beard of ZZ Top is born in Frankston, Texas.

1949

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is born in Houston, Texas.

1963

A teenaged Billy Gibbons gets his first guitar for Christmas

1968

The Moving Sidewalks, Billy Gibbons’ pre-ZZ Top band, opens for Jimi Hendrix, who will later remark on The Dick Cavett Show that Gibbons is one of his favorite guitarists.

1969

ZZ Top release their first single, “Miller’s Farm,” on manager Bill Ham’s Scat label. It is reissued on London Records when they sign to the label but fails to chart.

1970

ZZ Top perform their first live show at a Knights of Columbus Hall in Beaumont, Texas.

1973

ZZ Top’s third album, Tres Hombres, enters the charts. Keyed by the FM favorite - and near AM hit - “La Grange,” Tres Hombres rises to #8 and becomes the band’s first gold album.

1974

ZZ Top draws 80,000 fans to a Labor Day stadium concert that they dub “ZZ Top’s First Annual Texas Size Rompin’ Stompin’ Barndance and Bar B.Q.”

1975

ZZ Top’s half-live, half-studio album Fandango! enters the charts and yields the Texas trio’s first big hit, “Tush.”

1979

ZZ Top breaks a nearly three-year hiatus by releasing Deguello, their first album for Warner Bros.

1983

ZZ Top issues Eliminator, which peaks at #9, stays on the charts for over three years and eventually is certified ten times platinum.

1984

ZZ Top’s biggest hit, “Legs” (from Eliminator) enters the pop charts, where it will peak at #8. “Sleeping Bag” (from Afterburner) will repeat the feat a year later.

1984

At the first annual MTV Video Awards, ZZ Top wins in two categories

1985

Afterburner, ZZ Top’s hotly anticipated followup to Eliminator, enters the album charts, where it will peak at #4.

1990

ZZ Top kicks off a yearlong world tour in support of Recycler, their first album in five years.

1991

ZZ Top Day is declared by Texas governor Ann Richards.

1993

ZZ Top releases Antenna, their first album for RCA and seventh to go platinum.

1999

ZZ Top releases XXX, a new album that coincides with the group’s 30th anniversary.

2004

ZZ Top is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Keith Richards is their presenter.