Knowledge Identifier: +Billy_Gibbons
Born in 1949.
Countries: United States (59%), Texas (10%), New York (7%)
Linked to: MTV, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, RCA, Texas State Historical Association
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
Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released "ZZ Top's First Album" in 1971
After honing their trademark blues-rock style, they released the aptly titled "ZZ Top's First Album" on London Records in 1971
In the 1980s, ZZ Top released their three biggest-selling albums: "Eliminator" , "Afterburner" and "Recycler"
In 1994, the band signed a multi-million dollar, five-disc deal with RCA Records
Gibbons can be seen among the crowd at the WWF/E November 13, 2001 live Smackdown show from Houston
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 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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."
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
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"
In late 2012, Gibbons was featured in a series of television commercials for Fiesta Mart, a Texas supermarket chain
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"