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 The rock band ZZ Top opened their 2010 tour in Tyler on April 23, 2010, at the Oil Palace. From left are  Joseph "Dusty" Hill (bass), Frank Beard (drums), and Billy Gibbons (guitar).

On this date in 2004, ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Made up of guitarists Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard, a native of Frankston, the band fused rock and blues sounds. 

Beginning in the mid-1970s they had a string of critically acclaimed albums.

In the Spotlight

-- 2019: Longview native Forest Whitaker has a starring role in “Finding Steve McQueen.”

-- 2019: Alan Tudyk and Tommy Tune, both who attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, have guest roles on “Arrested Development.”

-- 2017: Irma P. Hall, a graduate of Texas College in Tyler, begins the role of Meemaw on the TV series “Hap and Leonard.”

-- 2011: Mitchel Musso, who grew up in Rockwall, is a guest on “Piper’s Picks TV” talk show.

-- 2002: Alan Tudyk, who attended Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, voices some of the minor characters in “Ice Age.”

-- 2001: Honey Grove native Bill Erwin has a guest role on “Just Shoot Me.”

-- 1999: Fiddler Johnny Gimble, a native of Tyler, is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

-- 1997: Tyler native Phyllis Cicero has a role in the movie “Night Vision.”

-- 1996: Marshall native George Foreman is a ringside commentator on “HBO Boxing.”

-- 1995: Tyler native Richard Bradford is seen in the TV movie “Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long” starring John Goodman.

-- 1994: Terrell native Jamie Foxx is a presenter at the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards.

-- 1987: At the People’s Choice Awards, Marshall native Susan Howard is among “Dallas” cast members who accept the award for Favorite Night Time Dramatic Series.

-- 1973: Anjanette Comer, a native of Navarro County, stars in “The Baby.”

-- 1973: Cody Pottkotter, a native of Tyler, is seen in “Degenerates.”

-- 1972: Longview native Desmond Dhooge appears in “Corky.”

-- 1971: Anjanette Comer, a native of Navarro County, appears on “Banyon.”

-- 1966: Whitewright native Guy Wilkerson has a guest role on “Petticoat Junction.”

-- 1960: Panola County native Tex Ritter is a guest on the TV  show “Startime.”

-- 1959: Honey Grove native Bill Erwin appears in an episode of “General Electric Theatre” hosted by Ronald Reagan.

-- 1956: Audie Murphy, who grew up near Greenville, stars as a boxer in “World in My Corner.”

-- 1945: Palestine native Smith Ballew appears in “The Man Who Walked Alone.”

-- 1935: Kaufman native Ted Healy plays a police sergeant in “The Casino Murder Case.” 

-- 1930: Greenville native John Boles stars in “Song of the West.”

-- 1928: Marshall native Henry Roquemore appears in “Gypsy of the North.”

-- 1920: Texarkana native Corinne Griffith stars in the silent film “Deadline at Eleven.”


Danny Mogle has covered news in East Texas for decades. He currently focuses on arts, entertainment and human interest stories and serves as the editor of Lifestyles Magazine.

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