Heard It On The X

Album: Fandango (1975)
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  • Do you remember
    Back in nineteen sixty-six?
    Country Jesus, hillbilly blues,
    That's where I learned my licks.
    Oh, from coast to coast and line to line
    In every county there,
    I'm talkin' 'bout that outlaw X
    Is cuttin' through the air.

    Anywhere, y'all,
    Everywhere, y'all,
    I heard it, I heard it,
    I heard it on the X.

    We can all thank Doctor be
    Who stepped across the line.
    With lots of watts he took control,
    The first one of its kind.
    So listen to your radio
    Most each and every night
    'cause if you don't I'm sure you won't
    Get to feeling right.

    Anywhere, y'all,
    Everywhere, y'all,
    I heard it, I heard it,
    I heard it on the X. Writer/s: BILLY GIBBONS, DUSTY HILL, FRANK BEARD
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 8

  • Gary Lawson from OhioWolfman Jack's real name is Robert "Bob" Dr. B is Wolfman Jack. He either owned or started those x-radio stations in Acuna
  • Cee Gee Dee from Dallas, Texas, UsaI talked to a bud about this on May 5, 2021. My earliest records as far as listening were Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson, Ronnie Hawkins, Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, George Hamilton IV, etc. Born in 1957. My bud is from California, born in 1951(he will be 70 very shortly). I asked him about his earliest rock/r and b experiences. He mentioned Wolfman Jack and then seeing James Brown on the T.A.M.I. show around late 1964. He said, from a White suburban, USA pov, it was like seeing someone from a different planet. I talked to him last eve about this, 5/13/2021. He went further into Wolfman Jack's persona from the pov of a young teen. I did not discover Wolfman till American Graffiti and Midnight Special Days. Nothing else to add. Simply thanks for confirming this astounding American legend relative to the tune by ZZ Top. Amazing, as is LIFE!
  • Steve-0 from Los Angeles, CaliforniaThe Wolfman Jack show was recorded at KTLA-AM studios in Hollywood. The tapes were then driven down to Tijuana and played on XERB.
  • Diamonddave from West Texas, Txto dean in las vegas, nevada. you were indeed listening to "x rock 80", mexican radio station, but it wasn't broadcasting from del rio, texas, it was coming all the way from el paso, texas. here is more information for those interested:


    in the early 1970's, before the popularity of FM radio, this station played a lot of early ZZ Top music, and made them a favorite band throughout the southwest way before they went "nationwide".
  • Dave from Pleasanton, CaBack in early 60's I lived in Chula Vista, Ca., a suburb south of San Diego. My best friend at the time was this "musical prodigy" sort of kid who had a successful band. He told me one day "Hey come over tonight at 9pm; you've GOT to hear this radio station I found. That night I heard for the first time "Wolfman Jack" on XERB. WOW! It was a revelation; music I NEVER heard before: Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, etc. NOBODY played that kind of music on the radio, as far as I knew.

    Dusty and Billy cut their chops on the blues that "The Wolfman" was broadcasting at that time. Definitely a tribute to XERF/XERB, AND their owner/radio show host, Wolfman Jack, God Bless Him!
  • Dean from Las Vegas, NvBACK IN the 70's we use to listen to X-rock "80" It was a AM station brodcasting from Del Rio Texas, it's transmitter was across the Rio-Grand river in Mexico ,where their was no regulations for brodcasting with "lot's of watts" It played nothing but the best classic rock, every song was awesome,song after song all night long. This is the radio station that is refered to in ZZ Top's classic song Heard It On The "X"
  • Bobpape from Austin, TxJeff- I do. I also grew up in San Jose, and I can remember hearing this song on KSJO and KOME and being puzzled that the version played on the radio was not the same as the album. I always thought the radio version was a lot cooler. Anybody know why that is, and where I can get that radio version?
  • Jeff from San Jose, CaI first heard this song on KSJO in San Jose in '76, but the version they played was twice as long as the released version. They doubled the length of the instrumental bridge and changed the EQ on part of it so that it sounded like it was coming out of a cheap AM transistor radio, THEN they slotted the first half of the song with all the verses between the end of the bridge and the outro and added phase shifting to it. I thought this was very cool but I was disappointed to find out it wasn't released that way. Anybody from San Jose remember this?
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