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Posted on 02/27/2014 7:33:19 PM PST by InvisibleChurch
Our 65 Chevy low rider convertible, flying the colors of ZZ Tops El Dorado Bar is solidly a Texas car yet, equally at home on the streets of LA, Fresno, or Bakersfield. Billy Gibbons. This pic of ZZ Top has it all, in my opinion. Just checkout that custom-built Texas state Gibson guitar! The band has acquired an enviable car collection over the years, and is out and about in the custom scene. We attend the Mooneyes Festivals in California and Japan and always make the SoCal Speed Shop summer Open House gathering. Always a terrific time. As far as clubs are concerned, we think of ZZ Top as one. We hang out, we shoot the breeze, we get down, we move on to the next town and, of course, its all about the arrival. Loud, low, while you Rock and Roll
! Billy Gibbons
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They made some great music.
Great article! Isn’t it Ray Wylie Hubbard who in one of his talking blues songs calls the 13th Floor Elevators the greatest rock and roll band ever?!
“They made some great music.”
No doubt about it. But I prefer it to be mixed in with other more mellow tunes. :) A solid diet of ZZ makes me nervous.
Well said, Everything in moderation..
San Francisco Girls (1968)
I had a ‘65 Impala like that, only it wasn’t a convertible. I drove it a quarter million miles.
That little boogie band from Texas.
So 1968! Just another piece of evidence supporting my theory that the most interesting things happen lower than then the Billboard 40!
If there aren’t enough dead bugs in your 4” x 10” dashboard speaker (singular), ZZTop just doesn’t sound right.
“If there arent enough dead bugs in your 4 x 10 dashboard speaker...ZZTop just doesnt sound right.”
Hey! This is a GREAT quote!
and don’t you think Duck Dynasty has done ZZ Top’s career:)
They aught to invite them on the show;)
Looks like they got some cheap sunglasses
Check out Billy G at Daryl’s House:
They were known as the Bostwick Vines when I was a kid.
It’s interesting in part because it includes pictures of a clean-shaven Billy Gibbons. By the time I became aware of ZZ Top in the late ‘70s, he and Dusty already had chest-length beards.
Here's to You by Hamilton Camp was one of my favorite songs at the time, but although it was a hit in Los Angeles, it only "bubbled under" the Bilboard Hot Hundred, reaching #118 in April, 1968.
My World Fell Down by Sagittarius is one of my favorite songs from 1967, but it only reached #70 in the early summer of that year.
In November, 1966, Smashed! Blocked! by John's Children was a hit in Los Angeles, but nowhere else--it didn't even "bubble under" the Hot Hundred. To me, it was downright shocking as well as mystifying because it was so different from most everything else on Top 40 radio.
Also in the late fall of 1966, Chris Clark's Love's Gone Bad, released on a Motown subsidiary failed to make the Hot Hundred, but it reached #41 on the R & B charts.
I really like the 70’s hard rockin’ Roky Erickson, some great hard dark rock. What a voice.
My favorite ZZ Top story is how my dad convinced our country music fan neighbor to listen to the entire side one of a zzz top album by saying it it must be a country band because they were wearing cowboy hats...hahaha
THAT’s Billy Gibbons??
(And “My Head’s in Mississippi” is underplayed)
Grace couldn't have been driving a VW Rabbit in 1966, since that model didn't come out until the 1970's. It might have been a 1500 or 1600, or maybe a Karmann Ghia.
Believe it or not, my very first introduction to the Jefferson Airplane was a weird ad for Levi's pants that I heard in either the late winter or early spring of 1967 on Boss Radio 93 KHJ. You can hear it here--I just listened to it for the first time in 47 years. When the announcer began with, "now, Jefferson Airplane," I had absolutely no idea what "Jefferson Airplane" meant, but shortly afterwards, KHJ was blasting their hit Somebody to Love all across the Southland.
I’ve seen them live in three different decades.
Yes. Ray Wylie Hubbard.
“Screw You, We’re From Texas”
I recently saw Gibbons on Daryl’s House. He was great.
I saw them twice. Once years ago in a club environment and then again about ten years later at the Tacoma Dome (Tacoma Washington). The acoustics were so bad that it ruined the show for me - like listening to an AM radio through a soup can.
I saw Roky again this weekend. He did a lot more Elevators songs than I’ve ever seen him do in the past.
I’ve liked some of the other bands I’ve seen him with over the years a bit more (and I’ve even seem him play with Billy F. Gibbons).
I got to catch the Moving Sidewalks last year. They did better with the blues based tunes than the new arrangements on the rock songs.
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