ZZ TOP Dusty Hill has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX

From ZZtop.com

We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. 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.

Frank & Billy

24 Comments on ZZ TOP Dusty Hill has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX

  1. Jesus just left Chicago and he’s bound for New Orleans.
    Well now, Jesus just left Chicago and he’s bound for New Orleans.
    Yeah, yeah.
    Workin’ from one end to the other and all points in between.

    Took a jump through Mississippi, well, muddy water turned to wine.
    Took a jump through Mississippi, muddy water turned to wine.
    Yeah, yeah.
    Then out to California through the forests and the pines.
    Ah, take me with you, Jesus.

    You might not see him in person but he’ll see you just the same.
    You might not see him in person but he’ll see you just the same.
    Yeah, yeah.
    You don’t have to worry ’cause takin’ care of business is his name.


  2. They were known as the Moving Sidewalks in their early days and decided to change their name to ZZ Top. Their first paying gig with that name was at the Knights of Columbus Hall on HWY 90 in Beaumont, Texas. The K of C Hall is still there and I worked across the highway from it for thirty-two years. They played several local high school dances and proms after that. After they hit it big, they honored their commitments to play at a couple of the high school dances that had previously booked them. One was Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School in East Texas. That showed a lot of class on their part because they were huge by then. I saw them a few years ago in Beaumont when they did a show with Edgar Winter opening for them. Edgar is from Beaumont. They were both awesome! Sadly, I missed a chance to see Johnny Winter at the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont about a year before he passed away. Dang!

  3. Thanks Hambone.
    When I lived in Houston, Texas I did some work at the Chevron gasoline terminal in Beaumont. (or was it Citgo?)

    Sadly, inevitably, a whole lot of legend rockers will be passing in the next few years.

  4. Excellent choice,Thirdtwin.
    Strangely beautiful.
    Dusty had that distinct Texas demeanor. Most of them do.
    They speak softly but with an iron will.
    He was the epitome of class.
    So long, Dusty.

  5. @ Crazy White Cracker

    If it was before 2000, it must have been Mobil Oil. Chevron was down in Port Arthur and Citgo is over in Lake Charles. Mobil was a great company to work for. Exxon sucks!

  6. When i lived in Houston in 1085, a work colleague of mine claimed to have gone to high school with them, but i never knew if it was the truth or not.

  7. Hambone, I worked in all those places for all the oil companies.
    I worked on vapor recovery systems in the 90’s.
    The unit in Lake Charles at the refinery was under some serious low-hanging high tension lines that buzzed like hell during inclement weather. Made my hair stand up!

    I remember Chevron Galena Park being a place I had to certify for the Y2K bug.
    Good times!

  8. While 72 is way too early to check out, passing away in one’s sleep is about as good as it gets. Looking for a silver lining in what feels like a gut punch, I’d say the Lord saved him from possibly years of pain and suffering.

    God Bless ya, Dusty…rest in piece.

  9. @Loco

    Jesus left Chicago is my favourite ZZ song.

    Watched the Texas Concert on Blue ray Last Night.

    Sad, all the good one are checking out.

  10. Kcir, my favorite is Backdoor Medley from Fandango. If that don’t get you moving, I don’t know what will…

    “He thinks he’s real bad. He thinks he’s better than Shaft, Superfly, James Bond and Kung Fu all put together. But I got news for him. They don’t call me the Texas Homewreckin’ Heartbreaker for nothin’….gottamellowdowngottamellowdown gottamellowdowngottamellowdown gottamellowdowngottamellowdown…….”

  11. Love ZZ Top and a lot of the old bands who actually played their instruments and wrote songs.
    Dusty will be missed.

  12. @ Thirdtwin…

    Found on Youtube while playin’ Asleep in the Desert…

    Michelle FromHell
    8 years ago
    I feel the same way. This song was actually written for my father – Bill Narum the album’s artist and their life long friend. I listen to it when I am missing him. He only passed a few years ago right before thanksgiving….


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