Dusty Hill, the bearded bassist with American blues-rock band ZZ Top, has died. The 72-year-old had been part of the group for 46 years and his iconic beard was a signature look that gave him notoriety on stage as well as in life.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill has passed away in his sleep at home. We will miss your steadfast presence and good nature.”
Despite the band’s name, ZZ Top was not formed in 1969. In fact, they weren’t created until five years later when Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard joined up with Dusty Hill to form a new group for their mutual love of blues-rock. This trio has been together since then without any interruption from personnel changes or breakups that would change its sound significantly. They have released 15 albums between them over the last 50+ years; some of these include “La Grange”, “Tush” and “Gimme All Your Lovin'”.
Born in Dallas, Hill tried to break into the music scene there. After struggling for too long, he eventually moved to Houston where his friendship with Gibbons blossomed and their musical collaborations flourished.
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The band was set to play in Simpsonville, South Carolina Wednesday night but earlier this month announced that Dee Hill had returned home for a short break. The bassist said she’s suffering from an injury as well and will need surgery when the tour is over
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It was revealed today that the tour will not go ahead as planned.
The concert promoter confirmed to NBC and vocal bop News on Wednesday afternoon that there would be no more shows going forward, with all tickets refunded from this point onward.
A legend. May he Rest In Peace and rock the heavens. https://t.co/Ds1sGSIREm— Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 29, 2021
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The band then reassured fans by saying “the show must go on” and promised they will continue playing all scheduled shows in his absence as long as he recovers.
Hill’s cause of death has not been confirmed and funeral arrangements have not yet been announced, but his passing is being mourned by many fans who consider him a musical genius
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when Dusty Hill Dies, my first reaction was not to believe one legendary artist had died. Yet when I saw his photograph in the newspaper for days following and heard “El Paso” on the radio at random intervals – it became clear that this loss is different from any other recent passing of a rock icon.