ZZ Top (pronounced Zee Zee Top) is an American rock trio, formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. Its members are Billy Gibbons (vocals, guitar and keyboards), Joseph Dusty Hill (vocals, bass guitar, and keyboards), and Frank Beard (drums and percussion). ZZ Top is ranked number 44 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock." The trio is one of the few rock bands of that era still composed of its original recording members, and until September 2006 had the same manager, Bill Ham.
ZZ Top was inducted by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the annual ceremony on March 15, 2004. Cub Koda wrote, "As genuine roots musicians, they have few peers; Gibbons is one of America's finest blues guitarists working in the hard rock idiom ... while Hill and Beard provide the ultimate rhythm section support."
ZZ Top is almost always pictured wearing sunglasses (a nod to their 1979 song "Cheap Sunglasses"). Gibbons and Hill wearing similar black clothing (usually biker leathers) and black cowboy hats or ball caps. Gibbons may wear black biker boots and neck chains with beer can openers. Although Gibbons and Hill wear chest-length beards, drummer Beard sports only a trimmed mustache.
In 1984, the Gillette Company reportedly offered Gibbons and Hill $1 million each to shave their beards for a television commercial. They allegedly declined, saying "We're too ugly without 'em."