That Little Ole' Band From Texas: ZZ Top

I still remember the day, probably in 1969 before I headed to San Francisco, when a fellow Promo Man named Bill Ham came into the waiting room at the giant KILT Radio in Houston. He showed me the label of a new 45rpm single, (The one's with the big hole in the middle), and I read the label: SALT LICK, by ZZ TOP.

I asked Bill what a ZZ TOP was and he laughed and said, 'You'll see pretty soon, Donnie.' And so I did, Bill was a great Manager for the group that included: BILLY GIBBONS-Lead Guitar and Lyricist, DUSTY HILL-Guitar, and Drummer-FRANK BEARD.

That Little Old Band From Texas, cut their first album at the legendary , Robinhood Bryan's Recording Studio in Tyler. The first record was pretty much ignored, and few fans attended shows, but then in 1973 TheTop released their second album, TRES HOMBRES, with the single, LA GRANGE, (they got some nice girls there) which went Top 10, and established them as one of the great American Rock/Blues Trios.

Billy's Gibbons is generally considered one of the finest Rock/Blues guitarists of all-time, and The Top are one of the few groups in existence that have kept the same personnel for over 45 years and are still jamming. ZZ Top has sold over 50 million records world-wide, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 by none other then Keith Richards. So here they are Live in 1982 with their signature song LA GRANGE. Rock On! @therealdonrocks [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]A version of this post originally appeared on The Don Rocks Facebook page. For more stories like these every day, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

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