ZZ Top: Influences

ZZ Top: Influences

While these blues-rock heroes had their own killer sound, many artists before them helped shape it. In their blustery swagger, you can hear the country strains of George Jones and Gram Parsons, the classic hard rock of Jimi Hendrix and Cream, and the classic blues of John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson. There are even hints of Elvis Presley and old Texas rocker Sam the Sham.

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