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Early days

Joe Michael (Dusty) Hill (born May 19, 1949) Dusty Hill was in at least two bands with his brother Rocky in Dallas around 1964, The Starliners & The Deadbeats. They played at a party at Jane Garvin's house in Como, Texas, in the July of 1963. In 1965 Rocky and Dusty formed The Warlocks with 'Little Richard’ Harris. They later draft in Frank Beard. Some gigs were played at The Amber Room in Dallas.

Their first musical venture was at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, together with drummer "Little" Richard Harris. Frank Beard came across Dusty and Rocky while playing for The Cellar Dwellers at the Fort Worth Cellar. The three of them, basing themselves in Dallas, Texas formed The Warlocks dying their hair blue. Later in their brief career they teamed up with English singer Lady Wilde and backed her regularly at Dallas cinemas for British invasion movies like 'Catch Us If You Can' and 'Hard Day's Night'. They also backed her on their final 45 and when she departed for a career on the stage they formed the American Blues.

May ?, 1965 Lou Ann's Club, Dallas, TX (The Chessmen & Lady Wilde and the Warlocks)

? ?, 1965 The Cellar, Ft. Worth, TX (Dusty & Rocky were here playing with one band and Frank was on the bill playing with another)

Frank Lee Beard (born June 11, 1949) Frank Beard was in at least two bands in Ft. Worth around 1964, The Cellar Dwellers & The Hustlers.

The Warlocks

  • Rocky Hill - Guitar
  • Dusty Hill - Bass
  • 'Little Richard' Harris - Drums (earlier)
  • Frank Beard - Drums (later)
  • Mary Smith - Vocals (when appearing as Lady Wilde and the Warlocks)

August 26, 1966 Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX (The Warlocks and over 20 other groups play the finals of the Starfinder ’66 teen talent search competition, co-sponsored by American Airlines and Vox guitars and amplifiers)

1967 Dusty and Frank change The Warlocks band name to The American Blues, in honor of their blue hair

The American Blues

  • Rocky Hill: Guitar (Dusty’s brother)
  • Dusty Hill: Bass
  • Doug Davis: Piano on "Mellow"
  • Richard Harris: Drums
  • Frank Beard: Drums

April 1, 1967 Hilton Inn, Dallas, TX (charity ball)

February 9, 1968 The Women’s Building at Fair Park, Dallas, TX (Autorama, with Southwest F.O.B., who featured Dan Seals and John Coley)

May 13, 1968 State Fair Music Hall with Steppenwolf & the Chessmen

1969 The American Blues break up, and Frank Beard moves to Houston

William F. Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) Billy formed his first band, The Saints, with Steve Mickley, Phillip Taft & David Crosswell, within a week of getting his first guitar, a Gibson Melody Maker and a Fender Champ Amp, for Christmas December 1963. In July 1964 Billy Gibbons formed his second band called Billy G. And The Ten Blue Flames. In late 1965 Billy Gibbons forms his third band called The Coachmen.

The Coachmen - 1st Line-Up:

  • Billy Gibbons - Guitar
  • V.E. Harris - Rhythm Guitar
  • Mike Frazier - Bass
  • Virgil Harris - Drums (alternately, Dan Mitchell on drums)

The Coachmen - 2nd Line-Up:

  • Billy Gibbons - Guitar
  • Bob Braden - Rhythm Guitar
  • Mike Frazier - Bass
  • Dan Mitchell - Drums

1965

The Coachmen

1966

The Coachmen - 3rd Line-Up: (as of 04/22/66)

  • Billy Gibbons - Guitar
  • Bob Bolton - Rhythm Guitar
  • Kelly Parker - Keyboards
  • Mike Frazier - Bass
  • Dan Mitchell - Drums

April 22, 1966 Gold Star Recording, Houston, TX (Recording session)

May 19, 1966 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

Moving Sidewalks (Formed June 30, 1966)

  • Billy Gibbons - Guitar & Vocals
  • Kelly Parker - Keyboards (until October 20, 1966)
  • Tom Moore - Keyboards
  • Don F. Summers - Bass
  • Dan M. Mitchell - Drums

September 19, 1966 Moving Sidewalks practice

October 4, 1966 Andrus Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

October 14-15, 1966 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with The Outsiders, Neal Ford and the Fanatics, Kilt's James Bond and Wierd Beard & The Inmen)

October 16, 1966 The Moving Sidewalks audition for Mainstream Records. They are called back four days later, with a note that says "Parker out of Sidewalks." Kelly Parker was a part of the spring recording sessions, and he appears on the released 99th Floor single.

October 17, 1966 Moving Sidewalks practice

October 24, 1966 Andrus Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session. Also on this day The Moving Sidewalks sign an agreement with Mainstream Records granting “sole and exclusive option upon our services as recording artists.”)

October 28, 1966 St. Luke's Methodist Church Teen Canteen, Houston, TX

November 19, 1966 TAK Party

November 19, 1966 Larry Kane Party

December 2, 1966 The Living Eye, Houston, TX

December 9, 1966 St. Luke's Methodist Church Teen Canteen, Houston, TX

December 10, 1966 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (Matinee benefit show)

December 10, 1966 The Living Eye, Houston, TX (Evening show)

December 16, 1966 Private Party

December 21-22, 1966 Moving Sidewalks practice?

December 23, 1966 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

December 26, 1966 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

December 28, 1966 Private Party

1967

January 6, 1967 The Living Eye, Houston, TX

January 19, 1967 Houston Country Club, Houston, TX

January 20, 1967 Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX

January 20, 1967 "Party At Ramada Inn" (After Job)

January 21, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Neal Ford and the Fanatics)

January 25, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

January 27, 1967 The Living Eye, Houston, TX

January 28, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (Matinee show: a benefit for a slain police officer, with Neal Ford and the Fanatics & Cyrkle)

January 28, 1967 "Lee Formal", Houston, TX (evening job)

February 3, 1967 Waco, TX

February 4, 1967 Moving Sidewalks fan club meeting

February 10, 1967 St. Luke's Methodist Church Teen Canteen, Houston, TX

February 11, 1967 Westbury, TX (with Neal Ford and the Fanatics)

February 25, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX ("and party after")

March 2, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Neal Ford and the Fanatics)

March 6, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

March 10, 1967 Mount Carmel Academy, Houston, TX

March 11, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with The Outsiders)

March 18, 1967 KTRK Channel 13 studios, Houston, TX (US TV "The Larry Kane Show", Live Saturday afternoon TV appearance)

March 18, 1967 Sharpstown, Houston, TX (with Magic Ring)

March 20, 1967 Houston, TX (appearance on the KHTV Channel 39 Show, with NFATF)

March 23, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Magic Ring & Neal Ford and the Fanatics)

March 26, 1967 Houston, TX (appearance on the KHTV Channel 39 Show)

April 1, 1967 Moving Sidewalks fan club meeting

April 7, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Gripping Force)

April 8, 1967 Contemporary Arts Ball, Shamrock, TX

April 14, 1967 Bellaire, TX (possibly with the 13th Floor Elevators)

April 15, 1967 Waco, TX

April 19, 1967 "Evans' Show"

April 20-21, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Thursday's Children on 20th)

April 22, 1967 "Dunjan"

April 28, 1967 Memorial Drive Country Club, Houston, TX

May 5, 1967 Galveston, TX

May 6, 1967 KTRK Channel 13 studios, Houston, TX (US TV "The Larry Kane Show", Live Saturday afternoon TV appearance)

May 6-7, 1967 Houston Music Theatre, Houston, TX (with Neal Ford and the Fanatics. 2 shows on the 7th)

May 12, 1967 Safari Club, Baytown, TX

May 13, 1967 Cleveland, TX

May 19, 1967 El Campo, TX

May 20, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (supporting Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, with Magic Ring)

May 22, 1967 Houston, TX (appearance on the KHTV Channel 39 Show)

May 26, 1967 Airline Street, Houston, TX

May 27, 1967 Sylvan Beach Park, La Porte, TX (High School Prom, afternoon)

May 27, 1967 Port Lavaca, TX (evening show)

June 1, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

June 2, 1967 Ramada Inn Party

June 3, 1967 "Dungeon"

June 5, 1967 Moody Civic Center, Galveston, TX (with The Music Machine, The Five Americans, The Sixpentz, A-440 & Fever Tree)

June 6, 1967 Angleton Fairgrounds Auditorium, Angleton, TX

June 7, 1967 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box)

June 10, 1967 Dairy Bar, Freeport, TX

June 15, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Magic Ring)

June 20, 1967 Angleton, TX (possibly at Angleton Fair Grounds Auditorium)

June 23, 1967 Unknown (with Magic Ring & Brain Job)

June 24, 1967 Austin, TX

June 25, 1967 Galveston, TX

June 29, 1967 Telephone Road Twin Drive In Theatre, Houston, TX (Grand Opening, with Fever Tree)

June 30, 1967 "The Valt" (with Magic Ring)

July 1, 1967 San Antonio, TX (TV appearance)

July 1, 1967 Gym, Bellaire, TX (possibly with the 13th Floor Elevators)

July 5, 1967 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box)

July 7, 1967 Lake Charles, LA (with Magic Ring)

July 8, 1967 Orange, TX (with Magic Ring)

July 15, 1967 Galveston, TX (unconfirmed)

July 15, 1967 Lousiana (unconfirmed)

July 21, 1967 Nederland, TX

August 4, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

August 5, 1967 Bay City, TX (with Magic Ring)

August 8, 1967 Houston, TX (Teen-Age Fair 1967)

August 11, 1967 Sylvan Beach Pavilion, La Porte, TX

August 12, 1967 New Orleans, LA

August 18, 1967 Kirwin High School Cafeteria, Galveston, TX (school dance)

August 19, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

August 25, 1967 The Attic, Victoria, TX

August 27, 1967 Galveston, TX (with Sam The Sham)

August 30, 1967 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box)

September 8, 1967 Lodge Pokrok, Houston, TX

September 9, 1967 Lafayette, LA

September 15-16, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (with Magic Ring)

September 23, 1967 Bay City, TX

September 30, 1967 The Box, Beaumont, TX

October 7, 1967 Kirwin High School, Galveston, TX

October 11, 1967 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX (supporting Eric Burdon & the Animals, NFATF & The Kaleidoscope, with The Band Ayd)

October 14, 1967 Marion, TX (unconfirmed place)

October 18, 1967 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting Eric Burdon & the Animals & NFATF, with The Chessmen & Magic Ring)

October 21, 1967 The Attic, Victoria, TX

October 26, 1967 Westbury, Houston, TX

October 27, 1967 Brenham, TX

October 28, 1967 "Dungeon"

November 3, 1967 The Box, Beaumont, TX (possibly at the Rose Room)

November 4, 1967 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box or The Rose Room)

November 10, 1967 St. Luke's Methodist Church Teen Canteen, Houston, TX

November 11, 1967 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX (Unconfirmed gig & place)

November 11, 1967 Victoria, TX (possibly at The Attic)

November 17, 1967 Austin, TX

November 18, 1967 Moody Center, Galveston, TX

November 25, 1967 Triangle Club, Bryan, TX

December 1, 1967 American Legion Hall, Alvin, TX

December 2, 1967 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (With Magic Ring)

December 9, 1967 Riverside Hall, East Bernard, TX

December 15, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

December 19, 1967 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

December 21, 1967 Location Unknown (supporting Young Rascals & Last Word, with Magic Ring)

December 22, 1967 Hotel Beaumont Rose Room, Beaumont, TX

December 28, 1967 Jr. League Building, Houston, TX

December 31, 1967 Hotel Browntowner, Brownwood, TX

1968

January 5-6, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

January 20, 1968 Austin, TX (Cancelled)

January 20, 1968 KTRK Channel 13 studios, Houston, TX (US TV "The Larry Kane Show", Live Saturday afternoon TV appearance)

January 25, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (Benefit for Teens Against Dystrophy)

January 27, 1968 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

February 3, 1968 City Auditorium, Beaumont, TX (Afternoon show)

February 3, 1968 Waltrip High School Auditorium, Houston, TX (Evening show)

February 10, 1968 KTRK Channel 13 studios, Houston, TX (US TV "The Larry Kane Show", Live Saturday afternoon TV appearance)

February 10, 1968 Westbury High School Cafeteria, Houston, TX ("Sweetheart Dance")

February 15, 1968 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX (unconfirmed, 2 shows supporting Jimi Hendrix Experience & Soft Machine, with Neal Ford and the Fanatics)

February 16, 1968 Groves, TX (possibly at the Town House)

February 16, 1968 Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas, TX (unconfirmed, 2 shows supporting Jimi Hendrix Experience & Soft Machine, with Neal Ford and the Fanatics & The Chessmen)

February 17, 1968 Will Rogers Auditorium, Ft. Worth, TX (2 shows supporting Jimi Hendrix Experience & Soft Machine. Jimi & Billy jammed backstage at this show)

February 18, 1968 Music Hall, Houston, TX (2 shows supporting Jimi Hendrix Experience & Soft Machine, with Magic Ring)

February 23, 1968 Moody Civic Center, Galveston, TX (Kirwin High School Junior Ball)

February 24, 1968 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box or The Rose Room)

March 2, 1968 Jones Sound Recording Studio, Houston, TX (Recording session)

March 8, 1968 Port Lavaca, TX

March 14, 1968 Music Hall, Houston, TX (supporting Eric Burdon & the Animals & Heir Apparent)

March 23, 1968 V.I.P, Beaumont, TX (Cancelled)

March 29, 1968 V.I.P, Beaumont, TX

March 30, 1968 Alvin, TX (possibly at the American Legion Hall)

March 31, 1968 Music Hall, Houston, TX (supporting Cream & Vanilla Fudge)

April 13, 1968 Kirwin High School, Galveston, TX (school dance)

April 20, 1968 Victoria Country Club, Victoria, TX (Senior Class Party)

April 27, 1968 Our Lady of Fatima School, Texas City, TX

April 28, 1968 Conroe, TX (Cancelled)

May 3, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

May 4, 1968 Shreveport, LA (with Magic Ring)

May 11, 1968 Victoria, TX (possibly at The Attic)

May 18, 1968 Spring Branch Senior High School, Houston, TX (School Prom)

May 24, 1968 Houston Club, Houston, TX (Memorial High School Senior Prom)

May 31, 1968 Angleton Fairgrounds Auditorium, Angleton, TX

June 4, 1968 Beaumont, TX (possibly at The Box or The Rose Room)

June 14, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

June 22, 1968 Lake Charles, LA

July 5, 1968 Taylor, TX

July 9, 1968 Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Dallas, TX (supporting The Doors, with Match Box)

July 10, 1968 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting The Doors, with Match Box)

July 26-27, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

August 2-3, 1968 The Box, Fort Worth, TX (some of the band's equipment was stolen on the 3rd)

August 9, 1968 El Campo, TX

August 16-17, 1968 Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, TX (Houston or San Antonio?)

August ?, 1968 Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, San Antonio, TX (Supporting 13th Floor Elevators. The Elevators set was stopped after only a few songs by the San Antonio police department who arrested the band's lead singer Roky Erickson)

August 23, 1968 The Web, Corpus Christi, TX (with The Purple Haze)

August 31, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX (cancelled appearance after Gibbons, Mitchell & Summers drive to California, supporting Mothers Of Invention, Country Joe & The Fish & Canned Heat)

September ?, 1968 The Galaxy, Los Angeles, CA (playing as a trio without Moore)

September ?, 1968 Gazzarri’s, Los Angeles, CA (playing as a trio without Moore)

September 6, 1968 Lodge Pokrok, Houston, TX (Gibbons, Mitchell and Summers returned from California the day before)

September 7, 1968 Safari Club, Baytown, TX

September 13-14, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

September 18-19, 1968 New Orleans, LA (Frat party)

September 20, 1968 Conroe, TX

September 21, 1968 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting Young Rascals)

October 4-5, 1968 Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, Houston, TX (Possibly San Antonio)

October 12, 1968 Dallas, TX (supporting Stevie Wonder & Steppenwolf)

October 19, 1968 Bryan Civic Center Auditorium, Bryan, TX (with Dante’s Inferno & The Cornerstone Blues)

November 2, 1968 "Memorial DRO"

November 8, 1968 Music Hall, Houston, TX (supporting Jeff Beck Group, with Pendragon)

November 15, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

December 6, 1968 Corpus Christi, TX (possibly at The Web)

December 7, 1968 Galveston, TX

December 13, 1968 League City, TX

December 14, 1968 Oklahoma City, OK

December 20, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

December 21, 1968 Jr. League Building, Houston, TX

December 23, 1968 Catacombs Club, Houston, TX

December 27, 1968 "Junior Achievement" ?

December 31, 1968 Dallas, TX

1969

?, 1969 Unknown venue, TX (Supporting John Mayall. 2nd meeting with Bill Ham)

?, 1969 Houston Music Theatre, Houston, TX (supporting Steppenwolf)

January 18, 1969 Brazoria County Fairgrounds, Angleton, TX

March 1, 1969 National Guard Armory, Victoria, TX

March 15, 1969 Safari Club, Baytown, TX (with 9th Street Bridge)

May 10, 1969 Teen Canteen, San Antonio, TX (with The Drift Wood Valley)

May ?, 1969 Spring Branch Senior High School, Houston, TX (School Prom)

May 1969 Steve Ames leaves The Moving Sidewalks

June 6-7, 1969 Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, Houston, TX (with Fat Emma. Last show as Moving Sidewalks)

Moving Sidewalks break up when first Tom Moore & then bassist Don Summers are called up for military duty, leaving only Gibbons and Mitchell. Lanier Greig, who had been part of Neal Ford and the Fanatics, was brought in to replace both. Greig played organ and used the foot pedals for bass. The trio, then managed by Bill Ham, released one single: Salt Lick b/w Millers Farm

June 20, 1969 The name ZZ Top was registered on this date at Harris County Courthouse

ZZ Top - 1st Line-Up:

  • Billy Gibbons - Lead guitar and vocals
  • Lanier Greig - Organ, bass pedals (fired after joining a short-lived show called The Cowboys in New York)
  • Dan Mitchell - Drums

July 4, 1969 Love Street Light Circus Feel Good Machine, Houston, TX (with New Atlantis. The 1st gig with the ZZ Top name)

ZZ Top - 2nd Line-Up:

  • Billy Gibbons - Lead guitar and vocals
  • Bill Ethridge - Bass guitar (after Stick Pierce had turned down the job)
  • Dan Mitchell - Drums

August 28, 1969 Space City News, Houston TX

ZZ Top - 3rd Line-Up:

  • Billy Gibbons - Lead guitar and vocals
  • Bill Ethridge - Bass guitar
  • Frank Beard - Drums

October 17, 1969 University of Texas Gregory Gymnasium, Austin, TX (unconfirmed, supporting Janis Joplin)

October 18, 1969 Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, TX (supporting Janis Joplin. ZZ Top’s set cut short due to language)

October 19, 1969 Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX (supporting Janis Joplin & Bubble Puppy)

October 31, 1969 Houston Music Hall, Houston, TX (supporting Grand Funk Railroad & Bubble Puppy. On this day Dusty Hill moves to Houston, where he reconnects with Beard)

November 1, 1969 Community Center, Victoria, TX (with Ginger Valley, Gene Coleman, Congress, Joy, Mother Goose & Gregg Cheser)

December ?, 1969 Panther Hall, Ft. Worth, TX (Dusty’s band The Warlocks. Billy Gibbons first saw bassist Dusty Hill perform when the Warlocks played The Cowtown Jamboree TV show here in the late '60s)

December 14, 1969 House Party, Austin, TX (Date approximate. They jam with Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac)

December 23, 1969 Houston Music Theatre, Houston, TX (supporting Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley. ZZ Top opened the show with two 45 minute sets, then played as Chuck Berry’s backing band for two more 45 minute sets)

December ?, 1969 National Guard Armory, Alvin, TX (Played a gig to one paying customer, and bought him a coke at the set break. Billed as “Bizzy Top from Salt Lake”)

December ?, 1969 Joske’s Department Store, Houston, TX (The band performed at the grand opening of this store)

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