Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72

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Dusty Hill of ZZ Top performs onstage at Go Planet in Enschede, Netherlands, on Oct. 19, 2010.

by Hannah Frishberg

July 28, 2021

Dusty Hill, the bassist for blues-rock trio ZZ Top, has died. He was 72.

“We are saddened by the news today that our compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas,” wrote ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons in a joint statement Wednesday, Rolling Stone reported. “We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature, and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top.’ We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’ You will be missed greatly, amigo.”

Hill served as the still-active group’s bassist for over 50 years. In 2004, Hill was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the group, which was founded in 1969.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Sad to hear. Dusty, Frank and Billy were the ultimate power trio.
    Prayers to his family and friends.

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