Dusty Hill Biography – Dusty Hill Wiki
Dusty Hill (born Joseph Michael Hill) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the bassist and secondary lead vocalist of the American rock group ZZ Top. He also played keyboards with the band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of ZZ Top, in 2004.
ZZ Top was formed in 1969 in Houston, with bassist-singer-songwriter Hill playing alongside guitarist Gibbons and drummer Beard. ZZ Top has released 15 studio albums during its career — including half live/half-studio album Fandango! — selling more than 25 million records in the U.S. alone, per the RIAA. Seven of their LPs, including two hits compilations, are platinum or multiplatinum, with four others going gold. The group was featured in the 2019 documentary ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, which scored a Grammy nom for Best Music Film.
The band’s discography includes a massive reissue of its early studio albums that was released as The ZZ Top Six Pack, a three-CD set that streeted in 1987. Covering the debut disc through 1981’s El Loco — but sans 1979’s Degüello — it featured an unfortunate remaster of “La Grange” that ’80s-up a signature drum fill, among other tweaks.
The group later was featured as an Old West-style band in Robert Zemeckis 1990 film Back to the Future III, which became that year’s sixth-highest-grossing movie.
ZZ Top earned three career Grammy nominations, for the documentary and two for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Eliminator (1983) and Afterburner (1986).
The trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. In introducing the band to the Hall, Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards said: “These cats are steeped in the blues, so am I. These cats know their blues and they know how to dress it up. When I first saw them, I thought, ‘I hope these guys are not on the run, because that disguise is not going to work.'”
Joseph “Dusty” Hill was born on May 19, 1949, in Dallas and played in various local bands before teaming with Beard in the Dallas-based group American Blues. They eventually recruited guitarist Gibbons from the Dallas psychedelic-rock outfit Moving Sidewalks — which had opened for Jimi Hendrix a year earlier — and ZZ Top was on its way.
Dusty Hill Age
Joseph “Dusty” Hill was born on May 19, 1949, in Dallas, Texas. He died on July 28, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He was 72.
Dusty Hill Wife
Is Dusty Hill married? Dusty reportedly married his long-time girlfriend actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory in 2002. The couple exchanged wedding vows at Tony’s Ballroom in Houston in a ceremony before 200 guests with state District Judge Joan Huffman presiding, according to Plainview Daily Herald. ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard was best man and Beard’s wife Debbie was maid of honor. ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons was also on hand.
The bride, dressed in a Reem Acra gown and Sergio Rossi boots, entered the room as the Austin band Duck Soup performed a version of the ZZ Top hit “Rough Boy.” Hill wore a Hugo Boss suit and J.B. Hill boots.
Dusty Hill Children
Who are Dusty Hill’s children? Hill and his long-time girlfriend, Charleen McCrory, did not have children together. However, Hill had a daughter, Charity Hill, from a previous relationship.
Dusty Hill Family
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill is survived by his wife, Charleen McCrory, and a daughter from a previous marriage. Dusty said in a past interview that he was most proud of his band “and also of my wife and family. They are constants, and to have these people in my life does give me immense pride.”
Dusty Hill Health
Joseph “Dusty” Hill was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2000, which forced the cancellation of the group’s planned European tour. He rejoined his bandmates in 2002.
Hill had suffered a hip injury that prompted his departure from the band’s recent post-lockdown concerts. On May 19, 2021, a warm birthday message for Hill on the band’s Instagram page, said: “Sending out a Texas-sized Happy Birthday to Dusty Hill!! Looking forward to seeing you back on the road again this summer Amigo.”
Dusty Hill Death
Dusty Hill passed away on July 28, 2021, in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas. His death was announced by his ZZ Top bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard on the band’s Instagram page.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX,” the bandmates wrote. “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.”
Dusty Hill Cause of Death
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill’s cause of death was not revealed.
Dusty Hill Net Worth
Dusty Hill’s net worth is estimated to be $60 Million. ZZ Top landed a massive multimillion-dollar deal with RCA Records in 1994. RCA paid the group $35 million to join their roster.