Gold Discs, Record Ltd. Edition, Photo Displays

The displays of gold discs, records and photographs in the "Z" sub-category seem likely to remain somewhat limited, as the letter occurs fairly infrequently as the initial of music bands and artists.

Fortunately, however, American rock trio, ZZ Top have enjoyed commercial success over 4 decades, with numerous gold records, since their formation in 1969. The band look to be extremely worthy candidates for future inclusion in this sub-category. Their 3rd album, "Tres Hombres," released in 1973, introduced ZZ Top to a wider audience, peaking at no.8 in the US Billboard Pop Albums Charts and achieving gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The band's next album, the 1975 release, "Fandango," named after the dance similar to flamenco, was also successful, reaching the top 10 in the in the US Billboard Pop Albums Charts and selling in excess of half a million copies. ZZ Top's 1979 album, "Degello," was named after the bugle called used by the Mexican forces at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Although not particularly successful, peaking at no. 24 in the US Billboard Pop Albums Charts, it, too, achieved sufficient sales to place it amongst the band's gold records.

Other ZZ Top gold discs likely to appeal to fans include 1981 release, "El Loco," which reached no. 17 in the US Billboard Pop Albums Charts). Amongst their various gold records, the 1983 "Eliminator" album was the band's greatest commercial success. It reached no. 9 in the US Billboard 200, was awarded diamond certification by the RIAA and was the first ZZ Top album to be awarded British Phonographic Institute certification, achieving platinum status by the end of 1984. Following "Afterburner" (1986) and "Recycler" (1991), their "Greatest Hits" compilation album of 1992 was another success, peaking at no. 9 in the US Billboard 200 and achieving gold certification from the RIAA.

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