Friday, July 6, 2012


Yesterday’s Band Name Origins repeated The Yardbirds item for ZZ Top.  I don’t know how that happened but I know that you are all breathlessly waiting to hear how ZZ Top came to be named.  Here is the answer:
ZZ Top
Billy Gibbons (guitar and vocals) had suggested "ZZ King" as a potential name for the band after looking at posters of  bluesmen Z Z Hill and B B King on his apartment wall. According to Gibbons' autobiography Rock + Roll Gearhead, he settled on "ZZ Top" because B.B. King was "on the top".  There is also a rumour that they got their name by combining Zig Zag and Top, two well known brands of "cigarette" rolling papers. 

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