Dusty Hill obituary – The threesome of guitar, bass, and drums is just about the most stripped-down a musical gang can be, and ZZ Top completely abused the arrangement’s force and adaptability. The band’s bass player, Dusty Hill, who has passed on matured 72, became famous for his imaginative playing, coinciding with the drummer Frank Beard and the guitarist Billy Gibbons with economy and accuracy. They made a sound that appeared to be far more noteworthy than the number of its parts.
ZZ Top was constantly established in the blues, yet consolidated it with a powerful stone punch. “ZZ Top began as a blues-based rock’n’roll band, yet we were never a blues band in the style of Freddie King or Muddy Waters or whoever,” Hill said in 1983. “We had a ton of that inclination in the band, however, and it was our plan to bring that inclination through to rock’n’roll.”
It was their third collection, Tres Hombres (1973), that broke ZZ Top through to a wide crowd, helped by the US Top 50 single La Grange. The last mentioned, in light of a conventional blues-boogie beat utilized by John Lee Hooker and others, was the ideal grandstand for ZZ Top’s abilities, opening with a straightforward, negligible beat before the triplet detonated into full bore life. The way that the melody was about the Chicken Ranch house of ill-repute in Texas (likewise the subject of the 1978 Broadway melodic The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) suitably mirrored the faintly licentious emanation ZZ Top jumped at the chance to project.