By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments



When ZZ Top released Legs, from their 1983 album Eliminator, the Texas trio was already a well established force on album-rock radio, churning out such hits as Tush, La Grange, Tube Snake Boogie, and Sharp Dressed Man. Yet, that song and accompanying video – the winner of the Best Group Video award at MTV’s first-ever Video Music Awards in 1984 – helped propel the band to a whole new level, as they say in the record biz.


With their long, flowing beards ZZ Top’s singer/guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Dusty Hill – who had already built a decade-long career around hot rods, birds and, most importantly, the blues – are certainly a sight to be seen, but just who were the fairygodmother-like trio with the shapely appendages that I once – and frequently still do – ogled over in the iconic video? They were Wendy Frazier, Kymberly Herrin and Daniele Arnaud.


And it didn’t surprise me in the least when I discovered that the scruffy ol’ guys from Texas say the inspiration for the song came to them in a flash, so to speak. “We saw a nice-looking girl who had been caught in the rain,” said Gibbons, the founder of ZZ Top. “We…turned back to offer her a ride, but she had gone by the time we U-turned. So our conclusion was that she, indeed, had legs and, more importantly, knew how to use them.”


Another one of life’s little mysteries finally solved.


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