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Dusty Hill

Dusty Hill

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Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (born May 19, 1949) is the bass
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

ist and vocalist
Singing
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments...

 with the American rock
Rock music
Rock music is a genre of popular music that developed during and after the 1960s, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and country music...

 group ZZ Top
ZZ Top
ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Texas". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena, southern, and boogie rock. The band, from Houston Texas, formed in 1969...

.

Hill was in Dallas, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

 and grew up in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Dallas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School.

Along with his brother Rocky Hill
Rocky Hill (musician)
Rocky Hill was a blues guitarist, singer, and bassist from Dallas, Texas in the United States. Hill was the older brother of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.-Biography:...

 and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard
Frank Beard (musician)
Frank Lee Beard is the drummer in the rock band ZZ Top. Beard was formerly with the bands The Cellar Dwellars, who originally were a three-piece band, The Hustlers, The Warlocks, and American Blues before starting to play and record with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill as ZZ Top.Beard was born in...

; Dusty Hill played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues
American Blues
American Blues were a 1960s Texas-based garage band who played a psychedelic style of blues rock music influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators. They are most famous for including two future members of the band ZZ Top in their ranks, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard...

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Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (born May 19, 1949) is the bass
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

ist and vocalist
Singing
Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice, and augments regular speech by the use of both tonality and rhythm. One who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music known as songs that can be sung either with or without accompaniment by musical instruments...

 with the American rock
Rock music
Rock music is a genre of popular music that developed during and after the 1960s, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and country music...

 group ZZ Top
ZZ Top
ZZ Top is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "That Little Ol' Band from Texas". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based boogie rock, has come to incorporate elements of arena, southern, and boogie rock. The band, from Houston Texas, formed in 1969...

.

History


Hill was in Dallas, Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

 and grew up in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Dallas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School.

Along with his brother Rocky Hill
Rocky Hill (musician)
Rocky Hill was a blues guitarist, singer, and bassist from Dallas, Texas in the United States. Hill was the older brother of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.-Biography:...

 and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard
Frank Beard (musician)
Frank Lee Beard is the drummer in the rock band ZZ Top. Beard was formerly with the bands The Cellar Dwellars, who originally were a three-piece band, The Hustlers, The Warlocks, and American Blues before starting to play and record with Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill as ZZ Top.Beard was born in...

; Dusty Hill played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues
American Blues
American Blues were a 1960s Texas-based garage band who played a psychedelic style of blues rock music influenced by the 13th Floor Elevators. They are most famous for including two future members of the band ZZ Top in their ranks, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard...

. From 1966 to 1968, American Blues played the Dallas-Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth is the 16th-largest city in the United States of America and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas. Located in North Central Texas, just southeast of the Texas Panhandle, the city is a cultural gateway into the American West and covers nearly in Tarrant, Parker, Denton, and...

-Houston
Houston, Texas
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States, and the largest city in the state of Texas. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 2.1 million people within an area of . Houston is the seat of Harris County and the economic center of , which is the ...

 circuit.

In 1968, the band decided to leave the Dallas–Fort Worth area and relocate to Houston. At this time, however, guitarist Rocky Hill wanted to focus on "straight blues," while Dusty wanted the band to rock more. Rocky left the band and Dusty and Beard moved to Houston, joining guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons of Houston psychedelic-rockers Moving Sidewalks
Moving Sidewalks
The Moving Sidewalks was a 1960s American psychedelic blues-rock band, most notable for giving future ZZ Top guitarist, Billy Gibbons, his start in the music business...

 to form ZZ Top in 1969.

Dusty Hill's on-screen appearances include "Back To The Future Part III
Back to the Future Part III
Back to the Future Part III is a 1990 American science fiction comedy Western film. It is the third installment of the Back to the Future trilogy. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and starred Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen, Thomas F. Wilson and Lea Thompson. The film...

", "Mother Goose's Rockin' Rhyme", "WWE RAW
WWE RAW
WWE Raw ) is a sports entertainment television program for WWE that currently airs on the USA Network in the United States...

" and "Deadwood
Deadwood
Deadwood may refer to:in geography*Deadwood, Alberta, hamlet in Alberta, Canada*Deadwood, California , several unincorporated communities in California, United States*Deadwood, Oregon, unincorporated community in Oregon, United States...

," and as himself in the 11th season episode of King of the Hill
King of the Hill
King of the Hill is an American animated dramedy series created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010, on Fox network. It centers on the Hills, a working-class Methodist family in the fictional small town of Arlen, Texas...

, "Hank Gets Dusted", in which Hank Hill
Hank Hill
Henry Rutherford "Hank" Hill Age 50 animated series King of the Hill. Hank lives in Arlen, Texas and works at the fictional Strickland Propane selling propane and propane accessories. Hank's voice is provided by series creator Mike Judge. The Economist named Hank Hill as one of the wisest people...

 is said to be Dusty's cousin.

American Blues albums


  • American Blues
  • American Blues 'Is Here'
    American Blues 'Is Here'
    American Blues 'Is Here' is a studio album by the psychedelic blues-rock band American Blues. The album is sometimes referred to as simply American Blues or Is Here.-Tracks:# "If I Were A Carpenter"# "All I Saw Was You"# "She'll Be Mine"...

    (1968)
  • Do Their Thing (1969)

ZZ Top albums


  • ZZ Top's First Album
    ZZ Top's First Album
    ZZ Top's First Album is the debut album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1971.In 1987, this album was remixed for CD release...

    (1971)
  • Rio Grande Mud
    Rio Grande Mud
    Rio Grande Mud is the second album by American blues rock band ZZ Top and was released in 1972.The album title was inspired by the Rio Grande, the river that forms the border between Mexico and Texas and means "big river" in Spanish....

    (1972)
  • Tres Hombres
    Tres Hombres
    Tres Hombres is the third album by American blues rock band ZZ Top and was released in 1973. The album marked the first of many times the band worked with engineer Terry Manning which proved a successful combination as the release was the band's first commercial breakthrough...

    (1973)
  • Fandango!
    Fandango!
    Fandango! is the fourth album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1975. Half the cuts are selections from live shows, the other half are new songs from the studio...

    (1975)
  • Tejas
    Tejas (album)
    Tejas is the fifth album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in late November 1976. The title is the modern Spanish word for Texas, the band's home state....

    (1977)
  • Degüello
    Degüello
    Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 . "Degüello" means "beheading" or, idiomatically, "no quarter" in Spanish and was the title of a Moorish-origin bugle call used by the Mexican Army forces at the Battle of the Alamo, Texas, in 1836.Degüello...

    (1979)
  • El Loco
    El Loco
    El Loco is the seventh studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1981 . The title means "The Crazy One" in Spanish. Guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons has stated that the recordings of this album was the first time the three members of the band were isolated from one another in the...

    (1981)
  • Eliminator (1983)
  • Afterburner
    Afterburner (album)
    Afterburner is the ninth studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1985 . Afterburner was a financial success, going several times platinum and launching several hit singles. The most successful single released from this album was "Sleeping Bag", which peaked at No. 1 on the...

    (1985)
  • Recycler
    Recycler
    Recycler is the tenth studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1990.The band had a cameo in the 1990 movie Back to the Future Part III playing an "old west" version of "Doubleback" along with some local musicians....

    (1990)
  • Antenna (1994)
  • Rhythmeen
    Rhythmeen
    Rhythmeen is the 12th studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1996.-Reception:Allmusic gave it a mixed review, by stating: "ZZ Top's long-awaited return to blues finally arrived in 1996, well over a decade after they abandoned their simple three-chord boogie for a synth and...

    (1996)
  • XXX
    XXX (album)
    -Japan track listing:-ZZ Top:*Billy Gibbons – guitar, vocals*Dusty Hill – bass, keyboards, vocals*Frank Beard – drums, percussion-Production:*Producer: Billy Gibbons*Engineer: Joe Hardy*Assistant engineer: Gary Moon*Mixing: Joe Hardy*Mastering: Bob Ludwig...

    (1999)
  • Mescalero
    Mescalero (album)
    Mescalero is the fourteenth studio album by American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on April 15, 2003 as the band's final release for RCA Records. While the band still retained their foundation in blues music, Mescalero explored genres like country, Tejano...

    (2003)