TV Q&A: ZZ Top song rocks 'Duck Dynasty'

  • Article by: RICH HELDENFELS , Akron Beacon Journal
  • Updated: August 24, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Dusty Hill, left, and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top recorded “Sharp Dressed Man” in 1983 and it hit No. 56 on the Top 100 Billboard chart. It’s now used on some versions of “Duck Dynasty.”

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Q: Could you please find the words to the theme song of “Duck Dynasty”?

A: The theme is “Sharp Dressed Man,” an ’80s gem by ZZ Top. It appears that the show’s brief use of the theme includes the lyrics “Silk suit, black tie/I don’t need a reason why/They come runnin’ just as fast as they can/’Cause every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.” By the way, if you know Duck Dynasty only through the DVD and Blu-ray releases, you have not been hearing ZZ. Probably because of rights issues, those home-video versions substitute another song for “Sharp Dressed Man.”

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Q: When are there going to be new shows of “Doc Martin”?

A: According to American Public Television, which distributes the British series in this country, there will be a seventh season of the drama starring Martin Clunes. But it may not air until 2016. The series is not even expected to resume production until the second half of ’15; there is a narrow window when filming can take place because of weather conditions at the locations. Keep up with the show at

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Q: How can I communicate to NBC that they should definitely renew/extend the short season of “Undateable”?

A: Perhaps you have psychic powers that got your message through. NBC has ordered a second season of the comedy. Variety says it will consist of 10 episodes, and that it is not yet clear whether it will air in the regular 2014-15 season or in the summer of 2015.

A little more Cagney

Q: In the 1980s the TV show “Cagney & Lacey” featured Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. While I have occasionally seen Tyne Daly since then, not once have I seen Sharon Gless. Any word on her?

A: A few. Gless, who played Chris Cagney to Daly’s Mary Beth Lacey, has acted often. After “Cagney & Lacey” ended its regular-series run in 1988 (there would be several TV-movies in the ’90s), she starred in the drama “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill” (1990-92). She was also in the ensemble cast of “Queer as Folk” (2000-05), in the miniseries “The State Within” (2006), in five episodes of “Nip/Tuck” in 2008-09 and on the series “Burn Notice” (2007-13).

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