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Billy Gibbons

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Billy Gibbons

American musician, producer and actor, best known as the guitarist of the American rock band ZZ Top add

Category: Music

Born in 1949.

Countries: United States (59%), Texas (10%), New York (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: ZZ Top, London Records, Jimmy Reed

Linked to: MTV, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RCA, Texas State Historical Association




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Billy Gibbons was born in 1949 add something


Jimmy Reed - His lazy, slack-jawed singing, piercing harmonica and hypnotic guitar patterns were one of the blues' most easily identifiable sounds in the 1950s and 1960s, and had a significant impact on many rock and roll artists who followed, such as Elvis Presley, Billy Gibbons and the Rolling Stones


In 1963, Gibbons received his first electric guitar following his thirteenth birthday, a sunburst Gibson Melody Maker, accompanied with a Fender Champ amplifier and was influenced by guitarists such as Jimmy Reed add something


Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released "ZZ Top's First Album" in 1971 add something


Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969, which quickly settled on bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank "Rube" Beard, both being members of the band American Blues add something


Dusty Hill - Rocky left the band and Dusty and Beard moved to Houston, joining guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons of Houston psychedelic-rockers Moving Sidewalks in the recently formed ZZ Top just after they released their first single in 1969


Jimmie Vaughan - In the 1970s Clark formed several Austin bands with various names, which included as members Jimmie Vaughan, Vaughan's brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lou Ann Barton, Billy Gibbons and Angela Strehli


After honing their trademark blues-rock style, they released the aptly titled "ZZ Top's First Album" on London Records in 1971 add something


The band rolled on, intensively touring and recording/releasing albums until 1977, when they took an extended hiatus add something


Stevie Ray Vaughan - It was a gift from Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. Gibbons had commissioned Hamilton to build the guitar in 1979


In the 1980s, ZZ Top released their three biggest-selling albums: "Eliminator" , "Afterburner" and "Recycler" add something


The band hit international prominence and their commercial peak with the release of 1983's diamond-selling disc "Eliminator" add something


In 1994, the band signed a multi-million dollar, five-disc deal with RCA Records add something


Gibbons can be seen among the crowd at the WWF/E November 13, 2001 live Smackdown show from Houston add something


John Mayall - "Along for the Ride" appeared in 2001, credited to John Mayall and Friends with twenty names listed on the cover, including some Bluesbreakers, old and new, and Gary Moore, Jonny Lang, Steve Cropper, Steve Miller, Otis Rush, Billy Gibbons, Chris_Rea, Jeff Healey, Shannon Curfman and a few others


In 2003, a comprehensive collection of recordings from the London and Warner Bros. years entitled "Chrome, Smoke & BBQ" was released add something


In 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame add something


He wrote, played guitar on and sang the song "Willin' For Satisfaction" from Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell's 2005 solo album "Two Sides Of If." add something


In December 2005, Gibbons married long-time girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater add something


Gibbons was the guitarist during singer Luis Fonsi's presentation at the 7th Latin Grammy awards held in Madison Square Garden, New York, on November 2, 2006 add something


Travis Barker - In a slight departure from his usual genres, he made an appearance on the 41st annual CMA *awards in 2006, performing a medley of songs by country icon Buck Owens with a group of artists including Dwight Yoakam, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, and former Byrds bass player Chris Hillman


Gibbons made a special guest appearance behind Roky Erickson on "Austin City Limits" taped on November 12, 2007 and originally aired January 12, 2008 add something


Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford - Gibbons plays lead guitar on two songs from the 2008 Everlast album "Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford": "Stone in My Hand" and "Anyone" add something


Lately Gibbons sang background vocals on former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar's 2008 CD "Cosmic Universal Fashion" during the song "Switch on the Light add something


Gibbons was the first artist to appear on stage at Cleveland's State theater in November 2008 at the American Music Master Tribute to Les Paul, honoring the guitar and recording innovator, who died a few months later add something


He played guitar on "Broke Down On the Brazos", the opening track of Gov't Mule's 2009 album "By a Thread" add something


On January 22, 2010, Gibbons joined Ben Harper, Beck, Conan O'Brien, and others on the final episode of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" playing a Will Ferrell-led rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" add something


ZZ Top - On January 22, 2010, Billy Gibbons accompanied Will Ferrell and others playing "Free Bird" on Conan O'Brien's last show


He was ranked at number 32 on the 2011 "Rolling Stone" list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time add something


In 2011, Gibbons joined with Texas-based Mojo Products, LLC to launch a line of hot sauces, barbecue sauces, and other products with his own personal branding, "BFG Brand" add something


On February 19, 2011, Gibbons appeared as a guest judge at the 5th Annual Misprint Beard and Moustache Contest at the Mohawk club in Austin, Texas add something


ZZ Top - Billy Gibbons stated in an interview in August 2011 that the new album had been recorded, with initial recording taking place in Malibu, California, before moving to Houston, but was still unnamed and had yet to be mixed and mastered


In late 2012, Gibbons was featured in a series of television commercials for Fiesta Mart, a Texas supermarket chain add something


ZZ Top's album "La Futura" was released in September 2012 add something


A remix from March 20, 2013 of "Soothe My Soul" for Depeche Mode appears as Remixed by Billy Gibbons and Joe Hardy, Gold Star Sound Services, Houston / London add something


ZZ Top - Billy Gibbons, breaking three decades of silence on the subject, stated reasons for a change in their direction as he discussed a fellow named Linden Hudson to a journalist in June 3, 2013: He brought some elements to the forefront that helped reshape what ZZ Top were doing, starting in the studio and eventually to the live stage


The November 2014 issue of Guitar World magazine features an interview of Gibbons and fellow guitarist Jeff Beck about their mutual appreciation of "cars, guitars, and everything in between" add something


On November 19, 2014, Gibbons performed "Baby Please Don't Go" at the Vaclav Havel Bust Dedication Ceremony in the US Capitol add something


On July 31, 2015 it was announced that Gibbons solo project will be named Billy Gibbons and the BFG's add something


His debut album will be titled "Perfectamundo" and will be released on November 6, 2015 add something


In 2018 Billy Gibbons has teamed up with John Fogerty, the two guitar players are planning a summer tour under the "Holy Grail" title add something


The new single "Holy Grail" is due for worldwide release on June 8th 2018 add something


Blues - Gibbons' second solo album, "The Big Bad Blues" was released on September 21, 2018 via Concord Records add something


At the 40th Blues Music awards in May 2019, the album was named as 'Blues Rock Album of the Year' add something


Paul Shaffer - Beginning in the summer of 2019, Shaffer will host "Paul Shaffer Plus One", a monthly talk show on SiriusXM and AXS TV that will feature Shaffer interviewing colleagues in the music industry such as Sammy Hagar, Graham Nash, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan