Birth name: William Frederick Gibbons
Also known as: Billy Gibbons, Billy F. Gibbons, The Reverend Willy G., BFG
Born: December 16, 1949
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres: Hard rock, blues rock, rock, blues
Instruments: Guitar, vocals, harmonica, bass
Years active: 1967–present
Associated acts: ZZ Top, Moving Sidewalks, Brooks & Dunn, Roky Erickson, Nickelback, Queens of the Stone Age
- Pearly Gates (1959 Gibson Les Paul maple sunburst)
- Gretsch Jupiter Thunderbird
- Gibson Les Paul
William Frederick “Billy” Gibbons (born December 16, 1949) is an American musician, actor and car customizer, best known as the guitarist of the Texas blues-rock band ZZ Top. He is also the lead singer and composer for many of the band’s songs. Gibbons is known for playing his Gretsch Billy Bo guitar and his famous 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar known as Pearly Gates. Gibbons has a bass vocal range, spanning E♭1 to E♭5, one of the widest ranges in rock. He is noted for using an old five peso Mexican coin as a guitar plectrum and use of pinch harmonics in his solos.
Gibbons is a familiar fixture at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, producing studio sessions in the NightBird Recording Studio with actors Billy Bob Thornton and J. P. Shellnutt, along with musicians Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jed Leiber, Joe “Backbeat” Fazzio, and Dwight Yoakam. Gibbons is also well known for his authentic preparations of Texas-style barbecue and Mexican cuisine and is frequently a guest chef around Hollywood, California serving his famous “Renegade Guacamole”.
In May 2011, it was announced that Gibbons was named as the 2012 Texas State Musician by the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Gibbons was ranked thirty-second in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2011. more at Wikipedia…