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The Juju Behind Billy Gibbons' Hat

Bamileke Cameroon, ZZ Top memorabilia

Billy Gibbons' HatIt's wild enough that he's actually playin' a Strat in this photo!

But ever wonder about Billy G's hat? (I know we're used to the hat-- way more than the Strat, but...)

During a ZZ Top tour in Africa, Billy was introduced to a chief of Cameroon's Bamileke tribe. At the time, Billy was wearing a ten gallon Stetson, but it seems the chief wanted that Stetson very much. Billy was urged to promptly give his Stetson to the chief. However, Gibbons had them let the chief know that back in Texas there is a custom of "horse tradin'". The chief was more than happy to respond by presenting Billy with his own hat that we are so used to seeing Billy with today.

So although Billy's hair loss could also be a factor, his hat certainly has some deep roots.

See this video clip to get the story straight from the Reverend's mouth! 

RES-Limited-Editions has Bamileke "Nudu" beanie hats just like Billy's.

Also check: 

eBay listings for Camaroon, Bamileke, Nudu hats

Billy Gibbons African Hat

image: RES Limited Editions
Pale comparison to the Rev. 

How did the ZZ Top name originate? Find out HERE.

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