Frank Beard (musician)

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Frank Beard
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Beard performing with ZZ Top in 2014
Background information
Birth name Frank Lee Beard
Born (1949-06-11) June 11, 1949 (age 69)
Frankston, Texas, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues rock, rock
Occupation(s) Songwriter
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active 1969–present
Labels Rhino, RCA, Warner Bros., London
Associated acts ZZ Top, American Blues, The Cellar Dwellars, The Hustlers, The Warlocks

Frank Lee Beard (born June 11, 1949) is the drummer in the American rock band ZZ Top. Beard was formerly with the bands The Cellar Dwellers, who originally were a three-piece band, The Hustlers, The Warlocks, and American Blues[1] before starting to play and record with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill as ZZ Top.

Beard was born in Frankston, Texas, and attended Irving High School in Irving, Texas. In late 1969, he joined The Moving Sidewalks guitarist and vocalist Gibbons' ZZ Top. Beard also introduced Gibbons to bassist and vocalist Dusty Hill, with whom Beard had played in the bands American Blues, the Warlocks, and the Cellar Dwellers. After honing their trademark "Texas boogie-blues-rock" style, they released their aptly titled ZZ Top's First Album on London Records in January 1971. When ZZ Top started, Beard was known by the nickname "Rube" and was credited as "Rube Beard" on the first album and on Tres Hombres, the band's third album, but is listed under his real name on Rio Grande Mud, their second album. After Tres Hombres, he was credited as "Frank Beard" on all the band's albums.

Personal life[edit]

Beard was married to Catherine Alexander from April 1978 to July 1981, when they divorced.[2] He married Debbie Meredith in November 1982. They remain married and have three children.[2] Beard resides in Richmond, Texas, where he owns and operates the Top 40 Ranch. He is a scratch golfer, known locally for participation in tournaments and community events.


Before joining ZZ Top, Beard was a member of a fake version of the British band The Zombies and The Outlaws with fellow ZZ Top member Dusty Hill.[3]



  1. ^ Dansby, Andrew (February 25, 2004). "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2004: ZZ Top: Texas blooze men celebrate thirty years of fuzz". Rolling Stone. Copyright 2011: Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Biography for Frank Beard on IMDb
  3. ^ "ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Frank Beard once masqueraded as British rock act the Zombies". 

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