Dusty Hill

Joseph Michael “Dusty” Hill (born May 19, 1949) is the bassist, keyboardist, and co-vocalist with the American rock group ZZ Top.

History

Hill was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the Lakewood neighborhood of East Dallas. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas) where he played the cello.

Along with his brother Rocky Hill and future fellow ZZ Top member Frank Beard, Dusty Hill played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues. From 1966 to 1968, American Blues played the Dallas-Fort Worth-Houston circuit. In 1969, Hill was a member of a fake version of the British band The Zombies with Beard.[2]

In 1968, the band decided to leave the Dallas–Fort Worth area and relocate to Houston. At this time, however, guitarist Rocky Hill wanted to focus on “straight blues”, while Dusty wanted the band to rock more. Rocky left the band and Dusty and Beard moved to Houston, joining guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons of Houston psychedelic-rockers Moving Sidewalks in the recently formed ZZ Top just after they released their first single in 1969.

Dusty Hill’s on-screen appearances include Back to the Future Part III, Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme, WWE Raw and Deadwood, and as himself in the 11th-season episode of King of the Hill, “Hank Gets Dusted”, in which Hank Hill is said to be Dusty’s cousin. He also made an appearance on The Drew Carey Show as himself auditioning for a spot in Drew’s band, but is rejected because of his attachment to his trademark beard which he refers to as a ‘Texas Goatee’.

Musical equipment

Preferring the Fender bass-guitar, Dusty Hill also uses many different basses and amplifiers in different combos, and maintains a large collection of vintage as well as custom basses by noted luthier, John Bolin of Bolin Guitars USA. Hill is noted for designing simple, uncomplicated basses with a single pickup with a single volume knob, with the sometime rare addition including a specially powered knob for tone control.

Bass guitars

  • Vintage Fender Telecaster Bass – Only used during recordings.
  • Fender Precision Bass
  • Custom Fender Telecaster Bass – Fitted with custom wound DiMarzio pickups.
  • Custom reversed Telecaster Bass
  • Custom Telecaster Bass – With reversed headstock.
  • Dean (Gibson Explorer-style) custom bass – Covered in white sheep wool, with spinning unit.
  • Custom reversed Precision Bass
  • Bolin Guitars custom – White hollowbody bass.
  • Dean Z
  • Danelectro Longhorn Bass (Used in-studio on all of ZZ Top’s First Album)
  • Customized Fender Jazz Bass
  • 21 Ball Hamiltone (only one made – designed and created by Jim Hamilton)

Amplifiers

  • Three Marshall JCM900 100 watt heads
  • Six Custom Creme cabinets – With 4×12″ Celestion speakers.

Effects

  • SansAmp Bass DI
  • Two Groove Tubes Speaker Emulators
  • Two Peavey Autograph II EQ’s

Discography

 ZZ Top discography

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[1][2][3]
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
UK AUS
[5]
NZL
[6]
SWE
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWI
[9]
AUT
[10]
GER
[11][12]
FIN
[13]
FRA
[14]
1971 ZZ Top’s First Album

  • First studio album
  • Release date: January 16, 1971
  • Label: London Records
201
1972 Rio Grande Mud

  • Second studio album
  • Release date: April 4, 1972
  • Label: London Records
104 90
1973 Tres Hombres

  • Third studio album
  • Release date: July 26, 1973
  • Label: London Records
8 36
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
1975 Fandango!

  • Fourth studio album
  • Release date: April 18, 1975
  • Label: London Records
10 60 61
  • US: Gold
  • CAN: Platinum
1976 Tejas

  • Fifth studio album
  • Release date: November 29, 1976
  • Label: London Records
17 72 21
  • US: Gold
1979 Degüello

  • Sixth studio album
  • Release date: November 8, 1979
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
24 100 19
  • US: Platinum
  • GER: Gold
1981 El Loco

  • Seventh studio album
  • Release date: July 20, 1981
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
17 88 26 52
  • US: Gold
1983 Eliminator

  • Eighth studio album
  • Release date: March 23, 1983
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
9 3 2 4 13 13 11 25 1 16
  • US: Diamond
  • CAN: Diamond
  • UK: 4× Platinum
  • AUS: 4× Platinum
  • FIN: Platinum[15]
  • GER: 3× Gold
  • AUT: Gold
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
1985 Afterburner

  • Ninth studio album
  • Release date: October 28, 1985
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
4 2 6 1 3 8 2 18 3 1
  • US: 5× Platinum
  • GER: 3× Gold
  • UK: Platinum
  • FIN: Platinum[15]
  • FRA: Gold
1990 Recycler

  • Tenth studio album
  • Release date: March 23, 1990
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
6 8 27 23 2 2 1 15 4 1 9
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • GER: Platinum
  • FIN: Platinum[15]
  • SWI: Platinum[16]
  • UK: Silver
  • FRA: 2× Gold
1994 Antenna

  • Eleventh studio album
  • Release date: January 18, 1994
  • Label: RCA Records
14 3 40 13 1 4 3 2 3 1 7
  • US: Platinum
  • AUT: Gold
  • CAN: Gold
  • FIN: Gold[15]
  • FRA: Gold
  • GER: Gold
  • NOR: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
1996 Rhythmeen

  • Twelfth studio album
  • Release date: September 17, 1996
  • Label: RCA Records
29 32 6 15 8 31 9 3 14
1999 XXX

  • Thirteenth studio album
  • Release date: September 28, 1999
  • Label: RCA Records
100 26 23 11 24 50
2003 Mescalero

  • Fourteenth studio album
  • Release date: April 15, 2003
  • Label: RCA Records
57 22 21 22 33 9 18 46
2012 La Futura

  • Fifteenth studio album
  • Release date: September 11, 2012
  • Label: American Recordings
6 29 75 11 7 4 7 5 4 13
  • GER: Gold
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
US Blues
[4]
UK
[17]
AUS
[5]
NZL
[6]
SWE
[7]
NOR
[8]
AUT
[10]
2008 Live from Texas

  • Released: October 28, 2008
  • Label: Eagle Rock Records
  • CAN (DVD): 5× Multi-Platinum[18]
  • US (DVD): 2× Multi-Platinum[19]
  • GER (DVD): Platinum[20]
  • AUS (DVD): Gold[21]
  • FIN (DVD): Gold[15]
2009 Double Down Live

  • Released: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Eagle Rock Records
2014 Live at Montreux 2013

  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Label: Eagle Rock Records
2016 Tonite at Midnight: Live Greatest Hits from Around the World

  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: Suretone Records
111 50 50
[22]
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
US Blues
[4]
UK
[17]
AUS
[5]
NZL
[6]
SWE
[7]
NOR
[8]
AUT
[10]
1977 The Best of ZZ Top

  • Released: March 21, 1977
  • Label: London Records
94 44
  • US: 2× Platinum
1987 Six Pack

  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
99
1992 Greatest Hits

  • Released: April 14, 1992
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
9 5 2 2 2 7 2
  • FRA: Diamond
  • AUS: 4× Platinum
  • US: 3× Platinum
  • FIN: Platinum[15]
  • GER: 3× Gold
  • AUT: Platinum
  • BEL: Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
  • SWI: Platinum[16]
  • GER: 3× Gold
  • UK: Gold
1994 One Foot in the Blues

  • Released: November 22, 1994
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
10 25
2003 Chrome, Smoke & BBQ

  • Released: October 14, 2003
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
2004 Rancho Texicano

  • Released: June 8, 2004
  • Label: Rhino Records
30
  • UK: Silver
2014 The Very Baddest

  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Label: Warner Brothers
95
  • UK: Silver
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions[23][17][24][25][26] Album
US US Main AUS UK IRE NLD NZL SWI SWE GER
1970 “Salt Lick” Non-album single
“(Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree” ZZ Top’s First Album
1972 “Francine” 69 Rio Grande Mud
1973 “La Grange” 41 18 Tres Hombres
“Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers”
1975 “Tush” 20 87 Fandango!
1976 “It’s Only Love” 44 Tejas
1977 “Arrested for Driving While Blind” 91
“Enjoy and Get It On” 105
1980 “I Thank You” 34 Degüello
“Cheap Sunglasses” 89
1981 “Leila” 77 El Loco
“Tube Snake Boogie” 103 4
“Pearl Necklace” 28
1983 “Gimme All Your Lovin'” 37 2 82 10 9 3 33 39 Eliminator
“Got Me Under Pressure” 18
“Sharp Dressed Man” 56 8 66 22 8 8
“TV Dinners” 38 67
1984 “Legs” 8 3 6 16 9 19 7
1985
“Sleeping Bag” 8 1 36 27 14 13 13 40 Afterburner
“Can’t Stop Rockin'” 8
“Stages” 21 1 63 43 23 40
1986 “Rough Boy” 22 5 84 23 23 81 38
“Delirious” 16
“Woke Up with Wood” 18
“Velcro Fly” 35 15 54 10 68
1990 “Doubleback” 50 1 41 29 28 13 9 33 Recycler
“Concrete and Steel” 1
“My Head’s in Mississippi” 1 37
1991 “Give It Up” 79 2 69
“Decision or Collision” 14
1992 “Viva Las Vegas” 16 28 10 8 27 17 20 7 34 ZZ Top’s Greatest Hits
“Gun Love” 8
1994 “Pincushion” 124 1 91 15 33 40 11 Antenna
“Breakaway” 7 60
“Girl in a T-Shirt” 27
“Fuzzbox Voodoo” 30
1996 “She’s Just Killing Me” 12 Rhythmeen
“What’s Up with That” 5 58
“Bang Bang” 22
1997 “Rhythmeen” 35
1999 “Fearless Boogie” 13 XXX
2000 “36-22-36” 31
2003 “Piece” Mescalero
2012 “I Gotsta Get Paid” Texicali/La Futura
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

American Blues albums

Main article: American Blues
  • American Blues
  • American Blues ‘Is Here’ (1968)
  • Do Their Thing (1969)
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