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2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Z Z Top

ZZ Top

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  • Year:
    2004
  • Inducted by:
    Keith Richards
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2004

Tom Vickers

After thirty-five years as the world’s longest-running band with no personnel changes, ZZ Top is instantly recognizable, by both sight and sound.

ZZ Top’s beards and blues-based Texas rock have made the band a cultural icon. Their likenesses have appeared in The New Yorker- a cartoon depicting a long-bearded police officer, captioned “ZZ Cop” - and in an episode of The Simpsons in which Bart spies three Hasidim and yells, “Hey, look. It’s ZZ Top. You guys rock!”

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these cats know their blues, and they know how to dress it up.

Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)

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