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On March 14, 1991.

On March 14, 1991, Jerome Solon Felder aka Doc Pomus died aged 65. He was singer and songwriter, co-writer (together with Mort Shuman) of big number of hits, many of them became rock and roll standards, including: “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Hushabye”, “This Magic Moment”, “Turn Me Loose”, “Sweets For My Sweet”, “Go, Jimmy, Go”, “Little Sister”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Suspicion”, “Surrender” and “His Latest Flame”. He also co-wrote with Phil Spector few successful tracks including “Young Boy Blues”, “Ecstasy”, “First Taste of Love” and “What Am I to Do?” His songs were performed by hundreds of artists including The Beatles, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bad Company, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, John Hiatt, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Dion, The New York Dolls, Shawn Colvin and Los Lobos. As singer Pomus performed with Milt Jackson, Mickey Baker, and King Curtis. In 1991 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1992, in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, and in 2012 into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.

In November 1979.

In November 1979, “Warner Bros” label released “Degüello”, the sixth ZZ Top studio album. It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– vocals, guitar, baritone saxophone
  • Dusty Hill– lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, tenor saxophone
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion, alto saxophone
  • Terry Manning – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted.

  1. I Thank You – Isaac Hayes, David Porter
  2. She Loves My Automobile
  3. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  4. A Fool for Your Stockings
  5. Manic Mechanic
  6. Dust My Broom – Robert Johnson
  7. Lowdown in the Street
  8. Hi Fi Mama
  9. Cheap Sunglasses
  10. Esther Be the One

 

In July 1981.

In July 1981, “Warner Bros” label released “El Loco”, the seventh ZZ Top studio album. It was recorded in 1981, and was produced by Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, backing vocals, lead and co-lead vocal
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion
  • Engineer – Terry Manning
  • Pre-production engineer – Linden Hudson
  • Mastering – Bob Ludwig
  • Design – Bob Alford
  • Photography – Bob Alford

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.

  1. Tube Snake Boogie
  2. I Wanna Drive You Home
  3. Ten Foot Pole
  4. Leila
  5. Don’t Tease Me
  6. It’s So Hard
  7. Pearl Necklace
  8. Groovy Little Hippie Pad
  9. Heaven, Hell or Houston
  10. Party on the Patio

On November 29, 1976.

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On November 29, 1976, ”London” label released “Tejas”, the fifth ZZ Top studio album. It was recorded in 1976, and was produced by Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons – fiddle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Frank Beard – drums, percussion
  • Dusty Hill – bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Bill Ham – album concept
  • Terry Manning – engineer
  • Larry Nix – mastering
  • Lee and Lesser – photography
  • Bill Narum – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted.

  1. It’s Only Love
  2. Arrested for Driving While Blind
  3. El Diablo
  4. Snappy Kakkie
  5. Enjoy and Get It On
  6. Ten Dollar Man
  7. Pan Am Highway Blues
  8. Avalon Hideaway
  9. She’s a Heartbreaker
  10. Asleep in the Desert – Billy Gibbons

On July 26, 1973.

ZZ_Top_-_Tres_Hombres

On July 26, 1973, “London” label released “Tres Hombres”, the third ZZ Top album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Brian Studios” and “Ardent Studios” in Memphis, Tennessee, and was produced by Bill Ham. In 2012, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 490 on its  list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons- guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill- bass guitar, backing vocals, co-lead vocals
  • Frank Beard- drums, percussion
  • Robin Brian – engineering
  • Terry Manning- engineering
  • Bill Narum- album cover design
  • Galen Scott – photography

Track listing:

  1. Waitin’ for the Bus – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill
  2. Jesus Just Left Chicago – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  3. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  4. Master of Sparks – Billy Gibbons
  5. Hot, Blue and Righteous – Billy Gibbons
  6. Move Me on Down the Line – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill
  7. Precious and Grace – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  8. La Grange – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  9. Shiek – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill
  10. Have You Heard? – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill

 

On April 18, 1975.

ZZ_Top_-_Fandango

On April 18, 1975, ”London” label released “Fandango!, the fourth ZZ Top album. It was recorded April 12, 1974, December 30, 1974 – March 23, 1975, and was produced by Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– vocals, guitar
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, keyboards, lead , co-lead and backing vocals
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion
  • Jim Reeves, Robin Brians, Terry Kane, Terry Manning – engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – engineer, mastering
  • Bill Ham – album concept
  • Bill Narum – design
  • John Dekalb – photography

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard except where noted.

  1. Thunderbird (live)
  2. Jailhouse Rock – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller (live )
  3. Backdoor Medley (live)
    • Backdoor Love Affair – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
    • Mellow Down Easy – Willie Dixon
    • Backdoor Love Affair No. 2 – Billy Gibbons
    • Long Distance Boogie -John Lee Hooker
  4. Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings
  5. Blue Jean Blues
  6. Balinese
  7. Mexican Blackbird
  8. Heard it on the X
  9. Tush

 

On April 4, 1972.

ZZ_Top_-_Rio_Grande_Mud

On April 4, 1972, “London” label released “Rio Grande Mud”, the second ZZ Top album. It was recorded 1971–1972, at “Robin Hood Studios” in Tyler, Texas, and was produced by Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion
  • Pete Tickle – acoustic guitar
  • Robin Brian – engineering

Track listing:

  1. Francine – Billy Gibbons, Marty Cordray
  2. Just Got Paid – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  3. Mushmouth Shoutin’ – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  4. Ko Ko Blue – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  5. Chevrolet – Billy Gibbons
  6. Apologies to Pearly – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Beard, Bill Ham
  7. Bar-B-Q – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  8. Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell – Billy Gibbons
  9. Whiskey’n Mama – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, Bill Ham
  10. Down Brownie – Billy Gibbons

 

On March 23, 1983.

ZZ_Top_-_Eliminator

On March 23, 1983, “Warner Bros” label released “Eliminator” the eighth ZZ Top studio album. It was recorded in1982, at “Ardent Studios” in Memphis, and was produced by Bill Ham. The album was certified Diamond by “RIAA” for sale of over 10 million copies in the United States. Magazine “Rolling Stone” ranked “Eliminator” at number 398 in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,”

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion
  • Terry Manning– engineer
  • Linden Hudson – pre-production engineer
  • Bob Ludwig– mastering
  • Bob Alford –art director

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.

  1. Gimme All Your Loving
  2. Got Me Under Pressure
  3. Sharp Dressed Man
  4. I Need You Tonight
  5. I Got Six
  6. Legs
  7. Thug
  8. TV Dinners
  9. Dirty Dog
  10. If I Could Only Flag Her Down
  11. Bad Girl

On January 18, 1994.

ZZ_Top_-_Antenna

On January 18, 1994, “RCA” label released “Antenna”, the eleventh ZZ Top studio album. “Antenna” was recorded in 1993, and was produced by Billy Gibbons and Bill Ham.

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– guitar, lead and backing vocals
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, keyboards, backing and lead vocals
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion
  • Bill Bernstein, Barbara LaBarge – photography
  • Jim Bessman – text

Track listing:

All tracks by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted

  1. Pincushion
  2. Breakaway – Billy Gibbons
  3. World of Swirl – Billy Gibbons
  4. Fuzzbox Voodoo
  5. Girl in a T-Shirt – Billy Gibbons\
  6. Antenna Head
  7. PCH
  8. Cherry Red – Billy Gibbons
  9. Cover Your Rig
  10. Lizard Life
  11. Deal Goin’ Down

 

On January 16, 1971.

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On January 16, 1971, “London” label released “ZZ Top’s First Album”, the debut ZZ Top studio album. It was recorded in 1970, at the “Robin Hood Studios” in Texas, and was produced by Bill Ham (band’s manager).

Personnel:

  • Billy Gibbons– guitar, vocals
  • Dusty Hill– bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocal, co-lead vocal
  • Frank Beard– drums, percussion

Track listing:

  1. (Somebody Else Been) Shaking Your Tree – Billy Gibbons
  2. Brown Sugar – Billy Gibbons
  3. Squank – Billy Gibbons,Dusty Hill, Bill Ham
  4. Goin’ Down to Mexico – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Bill Ham
  5. Old Man – Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard
  6. Neighbor, Neighbor – Billy Gibbons
  7. Certified Blues – Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard and Bill Ham
  8. Bedroom Thang – Billy Gibbons
  9. Just Got Back from Baby’s – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham
  10. Backdoor Love Affair – Billy Gibbons, Bill Ham