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Billy Gibbons Wiki
Billy Gibbons popularly known as Billy Gibbons, and The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwritersongwriter, record producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead singer of American rock band ZZ Top.
Billy Gibbons Biography
He attended Warner Brothers’ art school in Hollywood, California, Where he got engaged with his first bands including The Saints, Billy G & the Blueflames, and The Coachmen.
He began his career in the Moving Sidewalks, who recorded Flash (1968) and opened four dates for the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Gibbons formed ZZ Top in late 1969 and released ZZ Top’s First Album in early 1971.
He played the first slide guitar lead on the song “Dead End Streets” on Al Jourgensen of Ministry’s side project Revolting Cocks album Cocked and Loaded. He wrote, played guitar on and sang “Willin’ For Satisfaction” from Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell’s 2005 solo album Two Sides Of If.
He collaborated with the Queens of the Stone Age on the song “Burn the Witch” from the album Lullabies to Paralyze. ZZ Top’s “Precious and Grace” was recorded with lead vocals provided by Mark Lanegan as a bonus track for the album. Gibbons has claimed this was one of his favorite collaborations and “Precious and Grace” was later added back into ZZ Top’s setlists. Gibbons was selected to guest the follow-up album Era Vulgaris but was unable due to scheduling conflicts.
Together with The Raconteurs Gibbons performed at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. Gibbons was part of an ensemble chosen to play with the band, which included Lou Reed and Jim Jarmusch. The performance was heavily edited and cut short by MTV for broadcast. He was one of several artists to join B.B. King on the song “Tired Of Your Jive,” from the B.B. King & Friends album. He appeared on Nickelback’s album All the Right Reasons on the songs “Follow You Home,” “Fight for All the Wrong Reasons” and “Rockstar.”Gibbons performed with Hank Williams III on the song “Trashville,” from his album Lovesick, Broke and Driftin’.
Gibbons collaborated with Les Paul with his Les Paul & Friends American Made, World Played track “Bad Case of Loving You.” Gibbons also performed guitar with John Mayall & Friends’ track “Put It Right Back” from the album Along for the Ride. He was the first artist to appear on stage at Cleveland’s State theater in November 2008 at the American Music Master Tribute to Les Paul, honoring the guitar and recording innovator, who died a few months later. He was a guest vocalist on Kid Rock’s “Hillbilly Stomp” from the album Kid Rock. Gibbons was the guitarist during singer Luis Fonsi’s presentation at the 7th Latin Grammy awards held in Madison Square Garden, New York, on November 2, 2006.
He sang background vocals on Sammy Hagar’s 2008 CD Cosmic Universal Fashion during the song “Switch on the Light. “Gibbons collaborated with Ronnie Dunn, of Brooks & Dunn fame, for Dunn’s first solo work, playing guitar and singing along on the song, “Honky Tonk Stomp”. He played guitar on “Broke Down On the Brazos”, the opening track of Gov’t Mule’s 2009 album By a Thread.
Billy Gibbons Age
He came into the world on December 16, 1949, as William Frederick Gibbons. He was born in Houston, Texas, in a neighborhood called Tanglewood. The rock head got his musical influences from his father who was also a musician.
Billy Gibbons Height
He definitely stands tall as one of the most recognized faces in the evolution of the genre of rock and blues music. In reality, though, the musician does not stand that tall – he has a height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.79 m). His height may be average but trying to achieve what he has is definitely a tall order for any other band.
Billy Gibbons Family
Gibbons’ father is his earliest musical influence and support. His father’s name is Frederick Royal. He was an orchestra conductor and a concert pianist. He worked under the employment of Samuel Goldwyn Mayer at MGM Studios. Sometime in his teenage years, Billy’s father sent him to New York City to work for and glean from professional musical composer Tito Puente. Billy’s mother’s name is Lorraine Gibbons (formerly Duffy).
The iconic rock star was in a relationship with Gilligan Stillwater long before he married her. He finally tied the knot with her on the 14th of December, 2005. The union has not produced any child. A number of unreliable online sources have reported that Billy has a daughter named Angela Montenegro. This is false news, as that is just the name of a fictional character who is Billy’s daughter in the television series Bones.
Billy Gibbons Marriage
On December 14, 2005, He married long-time girlfriend Gilligan Stillwater (born Ellen J. Oetjen). He is an avid car collector and custom car enthusiast with an extensive collection that includes a 1948 Cadillac Series 62 (known as CadZZilla), a 1962 Chevrolet Impala (known as “Slampala”), a 1950 Ford Business Coupe, and a 1958 Ford Thunderbird. One of his earliest custom cars, a 1933 Ford Coupe (known as “Eliminator”), was featured in three of ZZ Top’s music videos and is also on the cover of their 1983 album, also titled Eliminator. Gibbons also published a book in 2011 about his love of cars and guitars titled Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead.
Billy Gibbons Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $60 million.