ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies aged 72

Dusty Hill, the bassist of US blues rock band ZZ Top, has died at the age of 72.

Bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard said that Hill died in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas. They did not give further details, according to the BBC.

Earlier in July, ZZ Top had announced that Hill, who played with ZZ Top for over 50 years, would not play some upcoming shows due to a hip injury.

Born Joseph Michael Hill, the bassist originally played guitar alongside his brother Rocky in Dallas before moving to Houston and joining Beard.

ZZ Top was founded in 1969, and played their first live concert the following year.

The trio would go on to release 15 studio and four live albums, with hit singles like Gimme All Your Lovin’, Sleeping Bag, and Viva Las Vegas.

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

In addition to the bass guitar, Hill played keyboard and was a secondary lead vocalist for the band.

Hill also made cameo acting appearances in the Back to the Future Part III film and HBO’s Deadwood, along with the animated television series King of the Hill.

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