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 71)
Frankston, Texas, United States
  • Songwriter
  • musician
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active1969–present
Associated acts

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


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.

Personal life[edit]

Beard married long-time girlfriend Catherine Alexander in April 1978 and divorced July 1981.[3] He married Debbie Meredith in November 1982. They remain married and have three children.[3] Beard resides in Richmond, Texas, where he owns and operates the Double Z Ranch. He is a scratch golfer, known locally for participation in tournaments and community events. Ironically, Beard was long known as the only member of ZZ Top not to have a luxuriant beard despite his name, unlike bandmates Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill, but put an end to this long-running quirky fact circa 2013 by growing one.[4]


  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. Copyright 2011: Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher. Retrieved June 22, 2011.CS1 maint: location (link)
  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. ^ a b Biography for Frank Beard at IMDb
  4. ^ Stegall, Tim. "Tracking the beards". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved March 5, 2019.