During the early days of rock and roll, a lot of songs were written about cars of all kinds, and why not? The music was a statement of youth, and motor vehicles provided young people with freedom on many different levels.
To the best of your economic ability, your ride was an expression of yourself, and you could go where you wanted to go as the captain of your own ship. And, of course, there was a rock and roll soundtrack to guide the way.
Cars have been part of the music since its inception, and when music videos started to rule the roost, cool cars became part of the visual landscape as well. One of the most recognizable music video cars of all time is the 1933 Ford hot rod that was owned by Billy Gibbons, who is the guitar player in the legendary Texas band ZZ Top.
Before we get into the car, we should share a few facts about Billy Gibbons, because he may be one of the more overlooked guitar legends of our era. He was born in Houston, Texas, in 1949, and he started playing electric guitar when he was 13 years of age, and he was heavily influenced by real blues from the outset.
Gibbons put together a band called Moving Sidewalks during the middle of the psychedelic sixties, and they rather quickly developed a strong reputation and a robust following. People in the industry took notice, and the band wound up getting a break as the opening act on a Jimi Hendrix tour. Hendrix stated that Billy Gibbons was going to be the “next big thing” as a guitarist.
Ultimately, ZZ Top was formed in 1969, and the rest is history. In 1983, they released their Eliminator album, and the 1933 Ford hot rod was featured in four different Eliminator videos. Don Thelan was the creative force behind the design, and there was a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 under the hood, a four-barrel carburetor, and a Z/28 hydraulic cam.
When you combine the killer ’33 Ford hot rod with the beautiful ladies that shared the screen, you were afforded an unmistakable glimpse at the true essence of the rock star lifestyle. ZZ Top is still alive and well, and they are actually kicking off a spring tour. If you feel like getting in your own hot rod to head to a show, check out the tour schedule.