RIP Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Dead at 72

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
photo by by Blain Clausen

Tragic news out of Texas: Dusty Hill, the bass player for iconic rock back ZZ Top, has died. He was 72 years old.

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," the band shared on Facebook. "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.' The boys add, 'You will be missed greatly, amigo.'"

"The Warner Music family is deeply saddened to hear the news of Dusty Hill's passing," said Kevin Gore, President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. "Dusty was a musician and songwriter of incomparable talent and one of the most enduring figures in rock & roll. As a member of ZZ Top, Dusty was a musical trailblazer whose contributions spanned multiple decades and eras, with timeless songs that continue to resonate with millions of fans to this day. Dusty's prolific years with Warner Music saw the release of a string of platinum albums, none more revolutionary than 1983's diamond-certified Eliminator, which propelled ZZ Top to worldwide icon status with their signature music videos.  Warner Music is proud to have been a part of Dusty's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame career and will continue to honor his unparalleled musical legacy. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife, family, bandmates, and friends during this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Dusty."