|Birth name||Stuart Tyson Kindell|
|Born||February 20, 1948|
Savanna, Illinois, U.S.A
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.|
|Occupation(s)||musician, record producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, Banjo, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Saxophone|
He is an Orange, CA, resident and owns the Billy Zoom Custom Shop near Old Towne Orange, specializing in guitar amplifiers and similar gear.
At 68 years old, Zoom was diagnosed in 2015 with an aggressive form of bladder cancer and began immediate treatment. He has since stated that he is "cancer-free" but will continue receiving chemotherapy treatments.
The son of a big band woodwinds player, Kindell began playing a variety of instruments, including violin, accordion, piano, clarinet, tenor, alto, and baritone saxophones, flute, banjo, and guitar.
Upon moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s, he worked as a session guitarist while attending technical school for training in electronics repair. He has an insider's reputation as an expert in the maintenance, restoration, and modification of vintage tube amplifiers and combo organs. He has performed custom technical work on the amps for a host of electric guitarists and bassists.
Although best known as guitarist and founding member of punk rock band X, Zoom has also worked with rockabilly legend Gene Vincent, The Blasters, Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Mike Ness, and dozens of other major recording artists. On stage, he is known for his wide-legged stance, big grin and tendency to make eye contact with audience members. He adopted this presence in reaction to many guitarists whose body histrionics and facial expressions gave the impression that they were playing very difficult parts on their instruments. Zoom wanted to make everything look easy.
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- Selmon, Craig S. (July 1, 2020). "More Fun in the New Normal: X's Guitarist Still Enjoys Making Music". Worcester Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
- "Billy Zoom". Rockabilly Hall of Fame.