This Day In Rock. ZZ TOP
Billy Gibbons was born on either March 4 or December 16, 1950 (both dates have been given in the past), and raised in Houston, Texas.
Upon discovering Elvis Presley via an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gibbons became transfixed by rock & roll. He formed his first band when he was 14 (the Saints). Gibbons’ band eventually changed their name to the Moving Sidewalks, issuing a lone album in 1968, Flash, although an early single, ‘99th Floor’.
in 1969, Gibbons sought to form a more straight-ahead, boogie/blues-rock-based band, and after hooking up with a pair of other fellow Texans, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, ZZ Top were born.
His first-ever solo project, the Cuban-inflected Perfectamundo, appeared in November 2015, where he was supported by a group called the BFG’s.
A longtime vintage guitar collector, Gibbons owns some of the world’s most cherished and rare guitars, including a particular instrument that he’s become synonymous with, a 1959 Sunburst Les Paul Standard (which he dubbed “Pearly Gates”).
In addition to music, Gibbons supposedly owns several automotive-related patents in his name, is an avid painter, and collects rare African art and artifacts,