Who was Dusty Hill?
Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill, May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock group ZZ Top; he also played keyboards with the band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.
Dusty Hill Passes Away At 72
Dusty Hill, the longtime bassist for the band ZZ Top who performed with the band for more than 50 years, died today at his home in Houston. He was 72. A rep for the band confirmed the death but the cause is unknown.
In an official statement posted to Instagram, fellow ZZ Top members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard paid tribute to their bandmates. “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas. 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.”
Dusty Hill Biography, WIki
Hill was born in Dallas, Texas. He and his brother Rocky Hill (also a musician) were raised in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Dallas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas) where he played the cello.
|Birth name||Joseph Michael Hill|
|Also known as||DusterThe DustThe Dustbunny|
|Born||May 19, 1949|
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
|Died||July 28, 2021 (aged 72)|
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Hard rockblues rockrock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar vocals|
|Associated acts||ZZ TopWilly & the WolvesFreddie KingThe WarlocksThe Cellar DwellersAmerican Blues|
Dusty Hill Music Career
Dusty 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.
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 in 1969. Hill played bass and keyboards in the band and was the secondary lead vocalist.
Dusty 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 is rejected because of his attachment to his trademark beard which he refers to as a ‘Texas Goatee’.
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 July 2021, the band played their first performances without Hill in 51 years, explaining in an announcement that he had been forced to seek medical attention “to address a hip issue”. The band’s longstanding guitar technician, Elwood Francis, filled in as bass player; shortly after Hill’s death, Francis was announced as his official replacement in ZZ Top.
Dusty Hill Musical Instrument
Hill preferred playing Fender custom bass guitars with a reverse telecaster type headstock- so the tuning keys were “upside-down”.
Dusty Hill Net Worth
Dusty Hill was an American musician who was best known for being the bassist, keyboardist, and co-vocalist of the rock group ZZ Top. Dusty had a net worth of $60 million dollars at the time of his death.
Who was Dusty Hill?
Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill, May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021, was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock group ZZ Top.
What is Dusty Hil’s Net Worth?
When did Dusty Hill die?
Dusty died on 28th July 2021.