ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as “That Little Ol’ band from Texas”. Their style, which is rooted from blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena, Southern, and boogie rock. The lineup is from Houston, Texas, formed in 1969. Musician Billy Gibbons and drummer Dan Mitchell, originally in a band called the Moving Sidewalks, got together with bass player Lanier Greig, forming ZZ Top. In 1969, Greig and Mitchell were replaced by Dusty Hill and Frank Beard from the band American Blues. The group soon began developing a following in Texas.
They were signed to London Records in 1970, and issued several albums, beginning with their 1971 debut album, came by their 1972 album Rio Grande Mud. In 1973, the band emerged into the mainstream with the record Tres Hombres, and their 1975 follow-up Fandango! expanded on their sound and sense of humor. By the mid-1970s, they were among the most successful hosting shows acts in the United States and broke assorted concert attendance feats. After years of touring, the ensemble went on a two-year hiatus in 1977, which resulted in Gibbons and Hill growing chest-length beards.
Although they came back in 1979 and the group signed a new deal with Warner Bros. Records (taking the rights to their London recordings with them), it was not until the band issued 1983’s Eliminator that they reached a new height in popularity, selling over 10 million units. Throughout the late 1980s, the ensemble made several smashes and won several awards for material videos like “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.” After over 40 years of performing with the same members, the lineup continues to tour and album music.
ZZ Top has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, including 25 million units in the US alone. The ensemble scored 8 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, six number one Mainstream Rock hits, and three MTV Video material Awards. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.