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July 28 2021 Fans of blues and American rock music, especially The Texas music community, were surprised after hearing the news of the death of the American Treasure Dusty Hill.

Hill died at his home in Houston, Texas at the age of 72. Gibbons confirmed that the band would continue with the band's longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis, in line with Hill's wishes.

According to Gibbons, "Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, 'Give Elwood the bottom end, and take it to the Top.' He meant it, amigo. He really did." The cause of death was not immediately announced. Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, "Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan."

 And now we want to give you a little introduction about this great man. 

Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 27, 2021) was an American musician who was the bassist of the rock band ZZ Top. He also sang lead and backing vocals and played keyboards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ZZ Top in 2004. Hill played with ZZ Top for over 50 years. 

Hill, his brother, and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues.From 1966 to 1968, American Blues played the Dallas-Fort Worth-Houston circuit. In 1969, Hill was a member of a fake version of the British band the Zombies with Beard.Hill recalled, "Being a musician in Texas had its own set of risks ... and at that time we had long, blue hair – in the 60s in Texas. I got probably less shit about having blue hair than about having long hair, because I believe they thought I was crazy."

In 1968, the band decided to leave the Dallas–Fort Worth area and relocate to Houston. At this time, however, Rocky Hill wanted to focus on "straight blues", while Dusty wanted the band to rock more. Rocky left the band and Dusty and Beard moved to Houston, joining guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons of Houston psychedelic-rockers Moving Sidewalks, in the recently formed ZZ Top, just after they released their first single "Salt Lick", in 1969.

With the band's leader, Gibbons, as main lyricist and musical arranger, Hill played bass and keyboards in the band and was secondary lead vocalist.With the assistance of manager Bill Ham and engineer Robin Hood Brians, ZZ Top's First Album (1971) was released and exhibited the band's humor, with "barrelhouse" rhythms, distorted guitars, double entendres, and innuendo. The music and songs reflected ZZ Top's blues influences. Following their debut album, the band released Rio Grande Mud (1972), which produced their first charting single, "Francine".

In 1975 Hill sang lead vocal on "Tush", the band's first Top 20 hit and one of its most popular songs.

Hill's on-screen appearances include Back to the Future Part III, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, the July 20, 2009 episode of WWE Raw and Deadwood, and as himself in the 11th-season episode of King of the Hill, "Hank Gets Dusted", in which Hank Hill is said to be Dusty's cousin.He also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show as himself auditioning for a spot in Drew's band, but was rejected because of his attachment to his trademark beard which he refers to as a 'Texas Goatee'.He appeared as himself in The Drew Carey Show.

In 2000 he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and so ZZ Top canceled their European tour.Hill resumed work in 2002.

Hill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ZZ Top in 2004.

In 2019, Netflix released a documentary, ZZTop: That Little Old Band from Texas.

In July 2021, Hill was forced to leave a ZZ Top tour after a hip injury. The band performed without him at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois, with the band's guitar tech Elwood Francis on bass.

Top Blues Songs

Gimme All Your Lovin

"Gimme All Your Lovin'" is a song by ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. It was released as the album's first single in 1983. Initially unsuccessful in the UK upon its August 1983 release, in the wake of the band's American success (the single reached No. 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart), it was promptly re-released, and reached No. 10 on the UK Singles Chart. It ties with the band's 1992 cover of Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" as their highest-charting single in the UK. The song was produced by band manager Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning.

ZZ TOP - Blue Jean Blues 

Jean Blues" – a 1975 song by ZZ Top from the album Fandango! "Blue Jean", a 1984 song by David Bowie; Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans ...

Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell

Rio Grande Mud is the second studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released ... "Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell", Gibbons, 

Certified Blues

"Certified Blues". Billy Gibbons; Frank Beard; Bill Ham. ZZ Top's First Album, . Released: November 22, 19944


"Legs" is a song performed by the band ZZ Top from their 1983 album Eliminator. The song was released as a single in 1984 and reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States (their highest charting single on the chart). The dance mix version of the song peaked at number thirteen on the dance charts.

ZZ Top - John Lee Hooker

they are several wordless phrases, "how-how-how-how" and "hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm". "Boom Boom" became the Hooker song that is "the most memorable, the most instantly appealing, and the one which has proved the most adaptable to the needs of other performers".ZZ Top later used similar lines ("how-how-how-how") for their popular "La Grange".

ZZ Top - Just Got Paid (From "Double Down Live - 1980")

ZZ Top Live at Crossroads Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2010

ZZ Top - La Grange (From Double Down Live)

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