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ZZ TOP BASSIST DUSTY HILL PASSES AWAY AT AGE 72

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ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill passed away at his home in Houston today at the age of 72.

Hill was born in Dallas in 1949 and played cello in high school, which made for an easy transition to electric bass. He, his guitarist brother Rocky and future fellow ZZ Top bandmate Frank Beard, a drummer, played in area bands such as the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers and American Blues, working the same Texas touring circuits as ace guitarist Billy Gibbons’ band, the Moving Sidewalks.

After ZZ Top formed, several of their records went gold, platinum, multi-platinum and even one diamond offering in 1983’s iconic “Eliminator.”

That one produced perhaps their biggest hit to date, “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” as well as others like “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs,” “Got Me Under Pressure” and more.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.


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