Dusty Hill: A glance again on the ZZ Prime bassist’s life

Dusty Hill: A look back at the ZZ Top bassist's life

2021-07-31 17:00:09

Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill left a long-lasting impression on rock and roll not simply due to his lengthy, iconic beard, but additionally due to his musical expertise.

The ZZ Prime bassist died not too long ago on the age of 72.

Like many musicians, Hill discovered his love of music early in life and his style was thought-about distinctive amongst his friends’ households.

“Again then, children would go to every others’ homes, carry some data to play,” he mentioned in an interview with the Guardian. “And I’d carry Muddy Waters or Son Home or one thing, and the dad and mom of those different children would virtually freak out – ‘What the f–k are you bringing right here?’ Whoa! I assumed all people had these data, as a result of that’s what I had.”

DUSTY HILL, ZZ TOP BASSIST, DEAD AT 72

Being from Texas, a younger White boy listening to Black blues and rock artists wasn’t terribly frequent, however Hill would finally take up music himself, singing and taking part in bass.

Dusty Hill (left) and Billy Gibbons of ZZ Prime carry out throughout day two of 2015 Stagecoach, California’s Nation Music Competition, at The Empire Polo Membership on April 25, 2015 in Indio, Calif.
(Picture by Frazer Harrison/Getty Photographs for Stagecoach)

He finally started to play gigs round Texas with a glance and stage presence that caught folks’s eyes as effectively.

“Being a musician in Texas had its personal set of dangers,” he informed the Guardian. “I used to be with a gaggle known as the American Blues, and at the moment we had lengthy, blue hair – within the ’60s in Texas. I obtained most likely much less s–t about having blue hair than about having lengthy hair, as a result of I consider they thought I used to be loopy. However nevertheless a lot crap you bought about it, you bought tenfold again in expertise, as a result of there’s a lot music down there.”

Not lengthy after hitting the Texas music circuit, he’d create a band, ZZ Prime, with fellow musicians Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons. Whereas he primarily performed bass for the group, he’d additionally tickle the ivories and even sing lead on some tracks.

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In 1971, the group dropped their debut album, “ZZ Prime’s First Album,” which mirrored the group’s background in blues, comparable to Hill’s affinity for Waters and Home.

Hill helped launch the band to success by singing lead on the tune “Tush,” which was considered one of its first hits and stays a widely known ZZ Prime tune to at the present time.

Within the late Seventies, the band took a two-year break after a number of years of constant performing. With a purpose to maintain himself grounded, Hill took a job working on the Dallas/Fort Value Airport to additionally maintain himself busy, the Guardian reported.

When ZZ Prime reunited, Hill and Gibbons started to sport matching lengthy beards, which have since change into iconic and intently related to the rock group.

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Like many big-shot musicians, Hill made a handful of on-screen appearances in Hollywood, together with in “Again to the Future Half III” in 1990 and in a 2010 episode of “Two and a Half Males.”

In 2000, ZZ Prime as soon as once more paused its work when Hill was identified with hepatitis C, per NME, however only a few years later, Hill was again at it.

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In 2004, ZZ Prime was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame.

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