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INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top performs onstage during day two of 2015 Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

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ZZ Top: “Sharp Dressed Man”

The Hook: Bassist Dusty Hill still remembers a homeless man who stood next to him during the video shoot.

Album: Eliminator

Year: 1983

Writers: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard

Stats: Peaked at number-two on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart, but only reached number-56 on the Hot 100.

Background: Some of the most vivid stories the guys in ZZ Top tell about their classic cuts have to do with the string of successful videos they shot during the mid-’80s. When asked about the song “Sharp Dressed Man,” bassist Dusty Hill shared one of those recollections.

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill shares a memory from the video shoot for “Sharp Dressed Man.” OC:…the wino [laughs]. :29

“’Sharp Dressed Man,’ I have a lot of memories of the video, because it was shot all at night in L.A. in a bank rigged up to look like a night club. And it was like three or four in the morning, take number whatever. I wasn’t in the shot, so I was standing there and this homeless man, who’d obviously been drinking, was standing beside me. I didn’t think anything about it, but he started telling me how they had the shot set up wrong, technically. I mean, everybody in Hollywood is in the movies, even the wino. [Laughs].”

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