Original member of ZZ Top dies

The keyboardist left shortly after the band’s first single was released

Lanier Greig, keyboardist in the original incarnation of ZZ Top, died last week in his sleep at the age of 64.

Greig was not in the band for long, but he did play on their first single, 1969’s “Salt Lick.” Greig’s keyboards play a large role in that song, which sounds vaguely similar to the Doors’ bluesy, keyboard-driven sound.

It was reported that shortly thereafter Greig left ZZ Top after having “creative differences” with Billy Gibbons and the rest of the band. And, as you know, from there ZZ Top went on to world-wide fame.

Author: Ryan King

Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.

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