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Texans Say Goodbye to Dusty Hill 

The legendary ZZ Top bassist died in his Houston home Wednesday. 

By Catherine Wendlandt July 28, 2021

Legendary rock group ZZ Top has lost its bassist: Dusty Hill, who’d played with the band since 1969, died in his sleep at Houston home Wednesday, per an Instagram post from the band. He was 72. 

Born Joseph Michael Hill in Dallas, Dusty Hill moved to Houston more than 50 years ago to join the group that’s become giants in music, not just for its music but also for Hill’s and frontman Billy Gibbons’s outrageously long beards. Known for hits like “La Grange,” “​​Gimme All Your Lovin,” and “Sharp Dressed Man,” ZZ Top has been a mainstay in the American rock scene for more than half a century, getting inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004. The group had been working on its 16th album, which is supposedly getting released later this year. 

The cause of Hill’s death is unknown, but in Illinois last weekend ZZ Top played its first show ever without him after a “hip issue” forced him to return to Houston early, per a post on the ZZ Top Facebook page. The group’s longtime guitar tech, Elwood Francis, took the stage in his place. 

“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',” his bandmates Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons wrote. “We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” 

Since the news broke Wednesday, Texans have been expressing their grief on social media:

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