Frank Beard

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Frank Beard
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Drummer - hard rock

Bands: ZZ Top, American Blues, The Cellar Dwellars, The Hustlers, The Warlocks

Drumsticks: Promark

Frank Lee Beard (born (1949-06-11) June 11, 1949 (age 70)) is the drummer in the American rock band ZZ Top. Frank Beard is the only musician in the band without a long beard. Beard was formerly with the bands The Cellar Dwellars, who originally were a three-piece band, The Hustlers, The Warlocks, and American Blues 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. In late 1969, he joined The Moving Sidewalks guitarist and vocalist Gibbons' ZZ Top. 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

Beard was married to Catherine Alexander from April 1978 to July 1981, when they divorced.

He married Debbie Meredith in November 1982. They remain married, and have three children.

Beard resides in Richmond, Texas, where he owns and operates the Top 40 Ranch. He is a scratch golfer, known locally for participation in tournaments and community events.

Equipment

Tama Starclassic Maple drums, 2002 Paiste cymbals, Pro-Mark drumsticks, Remo drumheads, Ddrum triggers, Tama hardware.

Frank Beard Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 11.

2550-2551 Frank Beard - 1994 unused, signature model Promark drumsticks, ZZ Top, Antenna Tour.
2152-2153 Frank Beard - 2007 unused, signature model Promark drumsticks, ZZ Top, Hollywood Blues Tour (1 error cut, 1 correct (purple engine, MP notes drawn on the sticks, with a sharpie).
2088-2089 Frank Beard - 2007 unused, signature model Promark drumsticks, ZZ Top, Hollywood Blues Tour.
1358-2746 Frank Beard - 2009 unused signature model Promark drumsticks, Tubwhacker, 40th Anniversary.
2154-2155 Frank Beard - 2009 unused signature model Promark drumsticks, Tubwhacker, 40th Anniversary.
0878 Frank Beard - 2009 unused signature model Promark drumstick, Tubwhacker, 40th Anniversary.