Happy 61st birthday to Billy Gibbons, guitar player and singer for ZZ Top. The band is probably best-known for their long beards, but I've been a fan of their music, and especially Billy Gibbons' guitar playing, for a long time. There's some really great blues guitar playing on ZZ Top songs, and it's deceptively simple - but when you listen more carefully, it's not as simple as it first sounds.
Then there are the music videos. Back in the Dark Ages (the early 80's), MTV started on cable TV, and played music videos (apparently this is no longer the case.) The ZZ Top videos were a sensation, especially among hormone-fueled teenage boys (like me and my friends.) We would scramble to the TV when one of their videos came on. They were overtly sexual and pushed the envelope about as far as possible for the day. Basically teenage guy fantasies. But what fun!