09 April 2010
We have four origin stories of how ZZ TOP got their name.
First is that they took their name from the name of a Texas Blues man, ZZ Hill.
A popular story online is that they got their name by combining Zig Zag and Top, two well known brands of "cigarette" rolling papers.This explanation is the only one that explains both parts of the name.
According to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 radio show, they chose the name because they wanted to be listed last alphabetically in names of bands and in record stores racks.
And a fourth origin is that the ZZ is what you see in the boards of two classic American barn doors when they are closed.
ZZ Top - Greatest Hits
Rancho Texicano: The Very Best of ZZ Top
Double Down Live DVD
ZZ Top's First Album
Rio Grande Mud
ZZ Top: Live from Texas [Blu-ray DVD]
The Best of ZZ Top: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Guitar Styles and Techniques of Billy Gibbons (Signature Licks Guitar)