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Billy Gibbons? Christmas Memory: His First Guitar

Bryan Wawzenek

ZZ Top mastermind and guitar titan Billy Gibbons has a favorite Christmas memory. It may not be surprising that it involves a certain six-stringed instrument.

In an interview with Men’s Journal (via Ultimate Classic Rock), Gibbons recalled Christmas morning at the Gibbons household in 1962, when young Billy was only 13-years-old.

“Sitting under the tree was a little Gibson Melody Maker…. and away we went.”

Gibbons also shared his musical memories of his family.

“My dad was quite the entertainer. He was a classically trained pianist with his five brothers as the Gibbons Brothers Band,” he said. “The thing he shared with me that still resonates: Play what you want to hear. And following that, the two golden rules: Play it in tune and play it in good time.”

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12/21/2011 2:20PM
Billy Gibbons’ Christmas Memory: His First Guitar
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