Friday, June 11, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Frank Beard, founding member of Southern rock stalwarts ZZ Top; the group was formed in 1969, and amazingly is still comprised not only of its original lineup but employs its original manager as well. It's always easy to spot Frank Beard onstage, as (despite his name) he's the one without the beard, preferring the subtler charms of a mustache instead.
Viva Las Vegas was a single included to help move the group's 1992 Greatest Hits album, which it certainly did - triple platinum, in fact; originally written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman for Elvis Presley as the title track to his 1964 film Viva Las Vegas, ZZ Top's video naturally features an Elvis impersonator as the ghost of Elvis, albeit circa 1959.
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