I was sad to hear of the passing yesterday of ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill. Hill, 72, played bass for the band, as well as providing backing and occasionally co-lead vocals. In accordance with Hill’s wishes, ZZ Top will continue on with the band’s guitar tech, Elwood Francis taking over on bass.
I’ve been a big fan of ZZ Top since I bought the album Tejas in the late 70s. They were huge in the 70s, but really hit their stride in the 80s with the release of the chart-topping Eliminator. The music video from “Gimme All Your Lovin'” got massive airplay on MTV.
Rest in peace, Dusty Hill. Your music made the world a much cooler place.