Date of birth: December 16, 1949 (Age 67)
Born Place: Houston, Texas, USA
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5’9’’ (181 cm)
Weight: 78 kg (172 pounds)
Hair color: Fair
Eye color: Light brown
Billy Gibbons is the lead guitarist of one of the longest surviving rock and roll band – ZZ Top. Right from his childhood, he had a passion for music. Having very supportive parents that discovered this passion, they helped him to develop it.
It all began when young Billy was 5 and watched Elvis Presley play. This was a moment of great discovery for him as he saw himself as Elvis and from that moment knew with no shadow of a doubt that he wanted to take up a career in music.
When he became a teenager, his father bought him his first electric guitar. As his dad continued to realise how far Billy was taking his love for music, he sent him to build up his passion in New York with the musical pope – Tito Puente.
Equipping himself more for the music world, he went ahead to study at the Warners’ Brothers Art School in California. At 14, he formed his first band The Saints.
In 1769, he formed ZZ Top band that has lasted for close to 50 years and not lost its relevance. This band has passed the test of time releasing fifteen studio albums.
Billy believes that what has sustained the band for this long is their unity. They have grown so much both as a band and as musicians that together they have one mind focused on the same purpose.
He also believes that the love for what they do alongside constantly evolving as the music world evolves without losing the true essence and joy in what they do plays a great role in fuelling their passion.
Since his love for music began as a child, the search for inspiration has not posed itself as a problem for him. Billy is able to draw inspiration from anything and everything.
Billy has released 44 singles, 7 compilation albums and 4 live albums with ZZ Top band. Apart from the successes of the band, he also made his way into the television industry featuring in Bones.