Alabama Remembers ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill: ‘We Have Lost Another Legendary Musician & Songwriter’

by Chris Haney

The members of the iconic country music group Alabama have each shared statements remembering the life of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill.

Hill passed away at the age of 72 yesterday on July 28 at his Houston, Texas home. A cause of death has not been revealed, but the band recently adjusted their tour to allow him to seek treatment for a hip issue. Sadly he died not long after returning home.

Today, Alabama’s band members each paid tribute to the famous bassist with a signature long beard. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Randy Owen called it a “sad day in the world of music” following Hill’s passing.

“We have lost another legendary musician and songwriter. It’s a sad day in the world of music. The Dusty Hill undeniable bass sound will greatly be missed,” Owen said in a press release.

Alabama bassist Teddy Gentry called Hill an idol of his. Additionally, he said he learned a lot about his instrument through Hill’s music.

“Dusty Hill was one of my idols and I learned a lot about playing bass by watching and listening to him. May God Bless Dusty Hill,” Gentry added.

The country and southern rock band’s lead guitarist Jeff Cook also chimed in. He said that Alabama, who is comprised of three cousins, used to perform ZZ Top songs in the early days of their career.

“We loved ZZ Top. We grew up playing all of their songs when we first started performing. Their music was the most requested when we played for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” Cook explained.

Travis Tritt Mourns the Loss of ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill

Another country music legend paid his respects to the ZZ Top bassist last night. Tributes from fans and fellow musicians alike poured in for Dusty Hill as news broke of his death on Wednesday. Country singer Travis Tritt added condolences like many others on his Twitter feed yesterday.

Tritt posted a throwback black and white photo of the two musicians posing together for the camera. The country musician still had his trademark mullet flowing and Hill of course sported his huge beard and some sunglasses. Tritt also shared a heartfelt message for the bassist’s family, friends and fans.

“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,” Tritt wrote on Twitter.

According to a TMZ article, Hill recently suffered from a hip-related issue. ZZ Top had to pause their current tour because of his health problem. The band revealed more details about Hill’s hip issue in a Facebook post on July 23rd.

“The members of ZZ Top, Billy, and Frank, would like to share that Dusty, their fearless Bass player, is on a short detour back to Texas to address a hip issue,” the Facebook post read. “They await a speedy recovery and have him back pronto.”

Five days later, the iconic ZZ Top bassist sadly passed away. Rest In Peace, Dusty Hill.