Dusty Hill, the hirsute bass player with ZZ Top, has passed away at 72. He’ll be “greatly missed,” say his surviving bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard, and he certainly won’t be forgotten.
The Texas blues-rock trio unleashed a string of hits, including “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “La Grange,” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and they bagged seven albums on the Billboard 200’s top 10.
The band’s stellar career was rewarded in 2004 with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Dusty, who had recently suffered a hip injury, reportedly died in his sleep. Friends and fans from across the entertainment industry are turning to social media to remember and pay tribute to the iconic bass man.
Check out comments from Ozzy Osbourne, John Fogerty, Jason Isbell and more below.
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) July 28, 2021
We are devastated to hear about Dusty’s passing. We were so blessed to share the stage with the great Dusty and ZZ Top many times, and if that wasn’t Rock and Roll heaven, I don’t know what is. The show we did together just last week would be his last. So heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/oKKslJ2U9M
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) July 28, 2021
So sad to hear about Dusty Hill. An all-time great bass player, and a rock and roll institution. Breaks my heart. @ZZTop
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) July 28, 2021
Today we lost a great friend and a remarkable Texan.
ZZ Top’s Bassist Dusty Hill Dead at 72
Truly a music legend. https://t.co/VVkJ67E7lN
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 28, 2021
RIP DUSTY HILL I love you forever. Your bass was so loud at one show it made my wife puke. You were half of rock n roll’s greatest EVER rhythm section & a hell of a songwriter. https://t.co/3WruUsejtl
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 28, 2021
Just devastated to hear of the death of Dusty Hill. We knew each other since high school, when my then-boyfriend was the drummer in 1 of Dusty’s early bands w his brother, Rocky. Spent many an evening at those early gigs together. RIPDusty #RIPDustyHill pic.twitter.com/HMmwv95s3Y
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) July 28, 2021
Dusty Hill was the kind of musician that could be in a world famous band, & be satisfied with making it work. Like Rick Laird, who also passed on recently, nobody seeming to notice. Getting it done with humility is the opposite of the narcissism that fuels modern music culture.
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) July 28, 2021
Danggit! We lost another loving Giant legend of the Rock & Roll Empire, Mr. Dusty Hill.🙏😧 Prayer's going out to his Family & Friends…Thx u for blessing us all with ur gifts. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/ks06yMtwjq
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) July 29, 2021
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) July 29, 2021
Very sad to hear of the passing of @zztop bass player and co-lead singer Dusty Hill. Legendary musician and all around great dude that has gone too soon! He will be sorely missed. Deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. #RIPDustyHill pic.twitter.com/fTmXofqV9G
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) July 29, 2021
RIP Dusty Hill
Deepest sympathy to the ZZ Top family. “Great artists never die”! pic.twitter.com/qkJEwaB5wH
— Lita Ford (@litaford) July 28, 2021
Damn it’s been a BRUTAL month for musician deaths…Heaven just obtained the most eclectic band ever assembled 😔
RIP Joey Jordison (Drums)
RIP Dusty Hill (Bass)
RIP Mike Howe (Vocals)
RIP Jeff LaBar (Guitar)
RIP Gary Corbett (Keys)
RIP Robby Steinhardt (Violin)
RIP Biz Markie pic.twitter.com/G1nD9SxPiQ
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) July 28, 2021