ZZ Top

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    Keith Richards
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The rough and gruff Texan band had a reverence for their roots, but never took themselves too seriously.

ZZ Top charmed millions with their party anthems and brash music videos. Their mammoth tours solidified a nationwide following and featured everything from Texas-shaped stages to live rattlesnakes.



Hall of Fame Essay


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!”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2004
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ZZ Top Quote Image
these cats know their blues, and they know how to dress it up.
Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones)