Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising the ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill was nothing but a cowboy under that big hat, beard and sunglasses. After all, he was from Texas. Since Hill’s passing on July 28, 2021, the rock community has been adamant about honoring the legendary bassist in just about every way they can. As it turns out, we can add “dedicated horse owner and father” to the long list of his attributes. Although you wouldn’t see the ZZ Top star hurling a lasso overhead, Hill was what his good friend Jeff Lewis called “an owner with an appreciation of the reining industry.”
Dusty Hill, who passed away on July 28, was born Joseph Michael Hill in Dallas on May 19, 1949. He and his older brother Rocky were raised by their mother, Myrl, who moved the family to Memphis when Dusty was five. By night she was a nightclub singer and by day and she worked in a café that was frequented by a talented youngster named Elvis Presley.
'La Grange' tops Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, while best-of set 'Goin' 50' reaches the Billboard 200 for the first time. ZZ Top rises on multiple Billboard charts dated Aug. 14, including to No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales, following the first full data tracking week after the July 28 death of bassist Dusty Hill.
Dusty Hill, the bearded, understated bassist who helped make ZZ Top one of the biggest rock acts of the late 1970s and Eighties, anchoring songs including the shuffle boogie “La Grange” and showcasing his singing on the sultry Top 40 hit “Tush”, has died aged 72. Formed in Houston in...
Billy Joel paid tribute to ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill when he returned to the stage on August 4, 2021. The Piano Man’s performance at Boston’s Fenway Park was his first full-length concert since March 6, 2020. The 24-song set included such classic rock favorites as “You May Be Right,” “Uptown Girl,” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.”
News Bites for August 6... ...SummitMedia classic rock “107.7 The Eagle” WSFR Louisville is petitioning the Mayor’s Office and Louisville Metro Parks to honor recently deceased ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill with the renaming of “The Dusty Hill Stage at Iroquois Amphitheater.” Hill passed away just 10 days after his final show, which was at the venue on July 18. “Rock and roll legends never die… They live on through their music and in our memories,” OM Cagle said in a release. “Classic rock 107.7 The Eagle wants to memorialize Dusty in true rock and roll fashion by naming the last stage he played on ‘The Dusty Hill Stage at Iroquois Amphitheater.’”
The widow of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has penned a heartfelt message about the passing of her husband, including what happened during his final moments. The band has shared it on their official website. Charlene "Chuck" Hill begins the note, titled "My Sweet Dusty," by saying, "After 19 wonderful...
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Billy Gibbon has revealed that the late bass guitar icon Dusty Hill, who recently passed away at the age of 72, recorded bass and vocal parts for an upcoming, soon-to-be-announced ZZ Top album. Gibbons shared the news while in conversation with Variety, saying that the follow-up to 2012’s La Futura...
After the sudden and unexpected death of ZZ Top‘s Dusty Hill last week, the group’s frontman, Billy Gibbons, revealed that the late bassist had recorded several tracks, including some vocals, that likely will appear on the band’s next album. In a recent interview with Variety, Gibbons noted that the recordings...
ZZ Top played its first concert following the death of longtime bassist Dusty Hill. On Friday (July 30), the legendary Texas blues-rock band performed live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Elwood Francis, the group's guitar tech of 20 years, filled in for Hill. During the show, guitarist Billy Gibbons expressed the late bass player's desire for the band to continue on after his passing.
On Thursday, Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson opened up about the loss of his good friend and ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill who passed away on July 28. Robertson spoke about his bearded brother with FOX News recently. He said his friend’s death took him back to the last time they got to hang out. The Duck Commander CEO attended ZZ Top’s 50th-anniversary show that just so happened to be Hill’s 70th birthday party as well. The event was about two years ago, but Robertson has been connected to Hill and ZZ Top for much longer.
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Dusty Hill wasn’t his usual self the last time ZZ Top performed on stage. The music world still is stunned by the bearded bassist’s death. TMZ obtained video of Hill’s final appearance on stage with the legendary rock band and published the clip, Sunday. If anything, it explains that the ZZ Top bassist was feeling poorly in the days before his death.
Here's the last time ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill performed with the band before his death ... and you can tell something's just not right with him. TMZ obtained this video from ZZ Top's last concert with Dusty -- July 18 at the Iroquois Amphitheater in Louisville, KY -- and he's clearly having a tough time performing in what would ultimately be his final gig.
Dusty Hill, hirsute bassist whose raw-boned style was the foundation of Texan rockers ZZ Top – obituary
Dusty Hill, who has died aged 72, was the bassist in ZZ Top, the witty, bearded Texan rock trio who enjoyed a half-century of success. ZZ Top was formed by three teenagers in Houston in 1969, and their blues-based rock became noted for its dynamic instrumental interplay and sly, observational lyrics. Quickly catching on in Texas, they became one of the most successful American bands of the 1970s.