With over 28 million records sold in the U.S. and a sound as iconic as the American culture it celebrates, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd continue to inspire fans of all ages while embodying the very soul of Southern rock.
About ZZ Top
The remnants of two Houston area garage bands — Moving Sidewalks (Billy Gibbons) and American Blues (Frank Beard and Dusty Hill) — formed the band. They began to get significant attention with the release of their third album in 1973, which is called Tres Hombres. The blues-based, guitar-driven boogie beat made them distinctive, as did their signature sunglasses, long beards, and flashy outfits.
While many Southern Rock bands who had thrived in the ’70s were fading in the ’80s, ZZ Top remained popular by working synthesizers and other electronic enhancements to their sound to keep pace with a changing audience. Nonetheless, the self-styled “Little Ol’ Band From Texas” stayed true to its blues roots and Tex-Mex themes.
In 1983, the band released Eliminator, which was their top-selling album. In fact, it sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. The Recording Industry Association of America says ZZ Top is one of the top-selling artists in America. By 2014, they had sold more than 50 million albums. As of 2016, the band had released 11 gold, seven platinum, and three multi-platinum records.
Beard, Gibbons, and Hill also continue to write the vast majority of their songs, as they have throughout their career. The group continues to tour and record.