Musical palate cleanser, another one left the building edition

Dusty Hill, R.I.P.

ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, who played with the Texas blues-rock trio for over 50 years, died Tuesday at age 72. His rep confirmed the musician’s death, but said a cause of death was currently unknown.

“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, Texas,” surviving members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard said in a statement. “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.”

Hill and Beard actually got their start together in a garage band called American Blues, which also had Hill’s brother as the lead guitarist.  They moved to Houston, the brother left and ZZ Top came into being.

Can’t say I was a big fan, but I do like this number:

Those of you who are, share in the comments.


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18 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, another one left the building edition

  1. J.R. Clark

    ZZ Top took a couple of days off to mourn Dusty and then hit the road again. Look at the band’s tour schedule. That would be punishing for a band of 20-somethings, I can’t imagine being on the road like that at age 70+.

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  2. Down Island Way

    Senator…who doesn’t like “Legs”…

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    • gastr1

      It’s a little slick for my taste. Give me “La Grange” all day long. 🙂

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      • Yep, La Grange had just enough grit to feel a little raw…kinda like when you were younger and walked into a sketchy place and suddenly the thought hits you that you just might have to fight your way out this dump…La Grange would be playing in the background #nephew’sbaptism

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        • Russ

          “Heard it on the X” is the one for me. Just a blistering 2+ minutes.

          Saw them at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on year. Three guys really put on a good show. I remember them playing Atlanta Stadium in the mid-70’s with long horns, cactus and other “old west” accoutrements scattered around the field while they played.

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  3. The documentary on Netflix…ZZ Top: That Little Ol Band from TX is worth a watch…rip Dusty

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  4. Scotty King

    Tres Hombres and Fandango belong in every music collection.

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  5. The Decider

    My fav is Ten Dollar Man which happens to have Dusty singing lead:

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  6. The story on Netflix documentary about doing their entire act, breaks and encore, for one man audience and then seeing the dude again once they had “arrived” was classic! RIP Dusty

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  7. Gary Branch

    To really appreciate ZZ Top you had to have heard them live. They were consummate performers and incredible guitarists. I never figured out how they produced so much sound from two guitars and one drum set.
    Rest in peace, Dusty. Hopefully, they will be rocking in heaven today. GB

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  8. Tommy Perkins

    Tres Hombres would be a classic if only for the inner cover:

    I’ve always loved Fandango’s “Heard it on the X.” Great tribute to border radio. Rio Grande Mud’s “Just Got Paid” is one of those songs that you can put on your car stereo or headphones while you’re running errands and suddenly whatever you’re doing just became ten times as badass.

    Degüello has a cool sleazy feel. I read recently in Forget the Alamo that “Degüello” is a Spanish noun from the verb “degollar,” to describe the action of throat-cutting or beheading, and was the bugle call that Santa Anna used in his march on the Alamo to signal that no quarter would be given. It dates back to Spanish armies and Simon Bolivar.

    Having lived in Texas now for nearly 20 years, what I’ve come to love about ZZ Top is the weirdo sense of humor in their best work (e.g., Fandango’s “Mexican Blackbird” or Tejas’ “Arrested for Driving While Blind”) Sure, they could play it straight (Rio Grande Mud’s “Sure Got Cold After the Rain Fell”), but I view them as of a piece with Texas freaks like Roky Erickson, Butthole Surfers, etc.

    Along those lines, I would check out Billy Gibbons’ Nuggets-era psych-blues-rock band, Moving Sidewalks from the late ’60s. Great if you like the Bob Seger Sound System, Amboy Dukes, Sir Douglas Quintet, etc.

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  9. Morris Day

    F’ing Covid! Had tix to see them last year at the Macon Colisseum, canc’d due to Covid. Rescheduled this year, got tix in hand again. And now, Dusty has died. F U Covid!

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  10. RC

    There was a great story in the wake of Prince’s death a couple of years ago about a chance meeting he had in a restaurant with Billy Gibbons. Told from Gibbons’ perspective, I believe he entered a restaurant somewhere when out on the road, only to be summoned to a large booth in a darkened corner of the restaurant to meet Prince, who was sitting by himself. Apparently Prince proceeded to pick Gibbons’ brain about some seriously obscure guitar riffs off of some deep tracks from an early ZZ Top album, that left Gibbons’ trying to recall the tracks themselves, much less the riffs. The whole thing boiled down to the fact that Prince was just THAT much of a savant/music nerd that he knew and picked up on nuance that even the writer of the music had a hard time recalling.