Frank Beard

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Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn Frank Lee Beard

Drummer in the American rock band ZZ Top

Born on June 11, 1949 in Frankston, Texas , United States (72 years)

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

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Early life
Beard was born in Frankston, Texas. He attended Irving High School in Irving, Texas.


Career
Before joining ZZ Top, Beard was a member of a fake version of the British band the Zombies, which toured in the US without authorization from the original band members, and also was part of the Outlaws with later ZZ Top member Dusty Hill.In May 1969, he joined The Moving Sidewalks, a band that would become ZZ Top in July 1969. 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.
After achieving success with ZZ Top in the late 1970s, Beard began spending large amounts on drugs including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He said this was a regret, and damaged his relationships. He joined a rehabilitation program. He recalled: "I just wanted to get sober. I wanted to be like people I admired that could sit home and watch TV and go to bed, and that was okay [for them]." ZZ Top went on hiatus for three years while Beard dealt with his addiction problems.


Personal life
Beard married long-time girlfriend Catherine Alexander in April 1978 and divorced July 1981. He married Debbie Meredith in November 1982. They remain married and have three children. 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. Beard was long known as the only member of ZZ Top not to have a beard, but put an end to this in 2013 by growing one.


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Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0


 

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