For fifty years, he had dragged his long beard and his bass on stages around the world with the cult trio ZZ Top.
Dusty Hill is dead at the age of 72 and the music world is in mourning.
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at his home in Houston, Texas.
We, as well as the legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will regret your unwavering presence, your good humor and your ongoing commitment to providing this monumental background to '' Top ''.
We will always be linked by the Blues.
We will miss you dearly, amigo, ”said fellow band members Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard in a statement posted to Facebook.
John Fogerty, of the group Creedence Clearwater Revival, who has collaborated on several occasions with the cult group, also paid tribute to a musician who left a lasting mark in rock history.
“We are devastated by the news of Dusty's passing.
We've had the chance to share the stage with the great Dusty and ZZ Top on several occasions, and if it's not in rock & roll heaven, I don't know where it is.
The concert we gave together last week was his last.
It breaks my heart, ”he posted.
Dusty Hill had joined ZZ Top just before the recording of their first album, in 1971. In fifty years, the group has not changed, Dusty Hill and Billy Gibbons imposing a previously unseen look, with long, profuse beards.
The music of the Texan group touches the whole world, going beyond the borders of blues rock.
“We have lost another giant legend of the Rock & Roll Empire, Mr. Dusty Hill… I send my prayers to his family and friends.
Thank you for blessing us with your donations, ”posted funk sponsor Bootsy Collins.
Folk singer Jason Isbell hailed “one of the greatest bassists of all time, and a rock institution”.
Dusty Hill died in his sleep.
His family did not communicate the cause of his death
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dead at 72