RIP, Dusty Hill

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.

3 thoughts on “RIP, Dusty Hill

  1. Me too, John. It seemed like the trio that made up “That little ol band from Texas” would keep rocking the blues forever. I’m very sad to hear of Dusty’s passing and will miss his Elvis covers for sure. In a power trio like ZZ Top every player’s got to be not just good, but great and those huge notes from Dusty’s bass…BOOM! I do remember their re-discovery in the 80’s but they were already firmly anchored in our hearts with so many classics that came before that. Hopefully, Dusty is playing in that awesome band of those who went before and having a hell of a good time, but we’re gonna miss him down here.

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    • I remember them being huge in the 70s, back when 8-tracks were still a thing. 🙂 But it seems that many of that decade’s top draws faded away when the era of New Wave and Hair Metal kicked off. But not ZZ Top. They reinvented themselves and just kept on rocking.

      The secret of their success – besides their excellent musicianship – was simple, and you nailed it in the last sentence of your comment:

      “Our message remains pretty much clear cut,” guitarist Billy Gibbons told Guitar Player (Magazine). “We’re not attempting to deliver any sociological breakthrough other than, ’Have a good time.”’

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  2. Agreed! That and the overall good karma a band gets by always being ready to cheer on new acts like Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band while supporting classic performers like Jimmie Vaughan. They wouldn’t have to do those things but do it because others did it for them and they want to keep that spirit going.

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