Dusty Hill, ZZ prime bassist, died on the age of 72

The ZZ top bassist Dusty Hill, one of the famous beards of the Texas blues rock trio, has died at the age of 72.

In a Facebook post, guitarist Billy Gibbons and drummer Frank Beard said Hill died in his sleep in his Houston home.

They didn’t give any cause of death, but a July 21 post on the band’s website said Hill was “on a short detour back to Texas to address a hip problem.”

At the time, the band said their longtime guitar technician Elwood Francis would step in on bass, slide guitar and harmonica.

PYMCA via Getty ImagesThe American rock band ZZ Top performs a live concert during the Swedish music festival Sweden Rock Festival 2019. Here bass player Dusty Hill can be seen live on stage.

Born Joe Michael Hill in Dallas, he teamed up with Gibbons and Beard in 1969 to form ZZ Top in Houston.

In 1970 the band released their first album entitled ZZ Top’s First Album.

Three years later, they landed the breakthrough hit La Grange, an ode to the Chicken Ranch, an infamous brothel outside a Texas town by the same name.

The band later had chart hits Tush in 1975, Sharp Dressed Man, Legs and Gimme All Your Lovin ‘in 1983, and Rough Boy and Sleeping Bag in 1985.

The band’s 1976 Texas Texas Tour, with its Texas stage decked out with cacti, snakes and longhorn cattle, was one of the most successful rock tours of the decade.

In 2004 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards introduced the band in the hall and said, “These cats are steeped in the blues, me too.

“These cats know their blues and know how to attract them. When I first saw her I thought, ‘I hope these guys aren’t on the run because this disguise won’t work’. “

This look – with all three members wearing dark sunglasses and the two front men wearing long, thin beards – became so famous that it was the subject of a New York cartoon and a joke on The Simpsons.

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