Dusty Hill

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Dusty Hill
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Dusty Hill performing live in 2010
Background information
Birth name Joseph Michael Hill
Also known as "Duster", "The Dust"
Born (1949-05-19) May 19, 1949 (age 64)
Origin Dallas, Texas, USA
Genres Hard rock, blues rock, rock
Occupations bassist, singer-songwriter
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboards, vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass clarinet
Years active 1966–present
Labels Rhino/WEA, RCA, Warner Bros., London
Associated acts ZZ Top, Willy & the Wolves, Freddie King, The Warlocks, The Cellar Dwellers, American Blues
Notable instruments
Vintage Fender Telecaster Bass
Fender Precision Bass
Dean Z Bass

Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (born May 19, 1949) is the bassist and co-vocalist with the American rock group ZZ Top.[1]

History[edit]

Hill was born in Dallas, Texas and grew up in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Dallas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas) where he played the cello.

Along with his brother Rocky Hill and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard, Dusty Hill played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues. From 1966 to 1968, American Blues played the Dallas-Fort Worth-Houston 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 to form ZZ Top in 1969.

Dusty Hill's on-screen appearances include Back to the Future Part III, Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme, WWE Raw and Deadwood, and as himself in the 11th season episode of King of the Hill, "Hank Gets Dusted", in which Hank Hill is said to be Dusty's cousin. He also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show as himself auditioning for a spot in Drew's band, but is rejected because of his attachment to his trademark Texas beard.

Musical equipment[edit]

Discography[edit]

American Blues albums[edit]

ZZ Top albums[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koda, Cub. "ZZ Top". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 August 2011.