The late legendary ZZ Top manager and producer Bill Ham was an old-school former independent record promoter from Houston that could smell a hit from a thousand miles away – but he didn’t hear the band’s first and certainly most important hit back in 1973, and almost missed the breakthrough of what has become America’s […]
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One of the priceless pieces of twenty-five years of rock history, almost criminally tossed in a dumpster by the new owners of Q102 Dallas/Ft Worth in August 1998, was a tape cartridge that I had dubbed from a cassette containing a live medley of ZZ Top‘s encore of “Lagrange/ Tush” which had closed their headlining […]
One of my secret weapons at making ROCK 103 the top-rated radio station in Memphis from 1980 through 1983 was the friendship that developed with the late legendary John Fry and his wonderfully talented staff at the world-renowned Ardent Studios nearby. As it turned out, one of my personal favorite bands, Houston-based ZZ Top, had […]
In Spring 1972 ZZ Top released the much-improved second album Rio Grande Mud, the vastly underrated follow-up to the woolly ZZ Top’s First Album . The stronger songwriting and much better production sound of such songs as “Francine”,”Just Got Paid“, and “Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell“, recorded in Tyler Texas about thirty minutes […]
There has been a flurry of news coming from the Texas twisted world of ZZ Top in the last week and it’s all good. First, bass player/ singer Dusty Hill has recuperated sufficiently from a nasty backstage fall in the Spring to rejoin the band for some very high-profile gigs in the UK and Europe […]
In 2013 Black Sabbath made headlines once again with their first album in over forty years to debut at the top of the album sales chart with 13 . Now the first three Black Sabbath albums are being re-released on vinyl with bonus tracks on the anniversary of Paranoid‘s US release in 1971. Here’s […]
Even though I only attended college for three days ( that’s not a typo, days, not years or even semesters ), I got an education which served me a lifetime from the guy who roomed next to me in the freshman dorm. In those three days he introduced me to Advent speakers, Humble Pie, ZZ […]
Thanks to Spotify‘s terrific depth, it was as easy as barbeque ribs sliding off the bone to assemble this rock’n’soul playlist of the greatest rockers like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and twenty-five more all paying tribute to Detroit’s Motown and Memphis’ Stax African-American musical giants, presented to commemorate American […]
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…(cont) Humble Pie the full fiery amalgam was unleashed of Small Faces veteran Steve Marriot’s megawatt blue-eyed soul voice , the thundering rhythm section of ex-Spooky Tooth bass player Greg Ridley and drummer Jerry Shirley, with the melodic lyrical lead guitar of a teenage Peter Frampton . Frampton and Shirley join me In The Studio for this classic rock interview.