Frank Beard (musician)

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Frank Beard
Beard performing with ZZ Top in 2014
Beard performing with ZZ Top in 2014
Background information
Birth nameFrank Lee Beard
Born (1949-06-11) June 11, 1949 (age 73)
Frankston, Texas, U.S.
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1969–present
Member ofZZ Top

Frank Lee Beard (born June 11, 1949) is an American drummer in the rock band ZZ Top. He was formerly with 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.

Early life[edit]

Beard was born in Frankston, Texas, and attended Irving High School in Irving, Texas.


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.[2]

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 a lot of money on drugs, including LSD, cocaine and heroin. He later regretted spending the money, and said it 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]."[3] ZZ Top went on hiatus for three years while Beard dealt with his addiction.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Beard married long-time girlfriend Catherine Alexander in April 1978 and divorced July 1981.[5] He married Debbie Meredith in November 1982. They remain married and have three children.[5] Beard resides in Richmond, Texas, where he owns and operates the Top 40 Ranch. He golfs, and is 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 he grew a short one in 2013.[6]


Beard plays Tama drums, Paiste cymbals, Promark drumsticks & Remo Drumheads.[citation needed]


  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. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Hlavaty, Craig (June 3, 2016). "ZZ Top's Dusty Hill and Frank Beard once masqueraded as British rock act the Zombies". Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Kielty, Martin (February 26, 2020). "ZZ Top's Frank Beard Details '70s Heroin Addiction: 'A Regret'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved July 31, 2021.
  4. ^ Lifton, Dave (August 31, 2019). "Why Dusty Hill Spent ZZ Top's '70s Hiatus Working at an Airport". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Biography for Frank Beard at IMDb
  6. ^ Stegall, Tim (December 27, 2013). "Tracking the beards". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved March 5, 2019.