New York (AFP)

Blues-rock band ZZ Top announced on Wednesday the death in Houston, Texas, of one of its main members, long-haired bassist Dusty Hill, who had been around since the band's debut in 1970.

"We are very saddened by the news of the death, in his sleep at his home in Houston (Texas) of our + Compadre + Dusty Hill," wrote on the band's website the two other members of the trio, drummer Franck Beard and singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons.

"Your unwavering presence, your good humor and your continued commitment to providing this monumental base for + Top + will be missed by us and the legions of ZZ Top fans around the world," they added.

On Friday, they announced that Dusty Hill, bassist and singer of the group, was to make "a quick detour through Texas, to fix a hip problem", but that he would be replaced for their tour this summer.

A date was scheduled for Wednesday evening, in Simpsonville (South Carolina), but a message announcing the cancellation of the concert appeared on the ticketing platform.

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Recognizable, like singer Billy Gibbons, by his long blonde beard, sunglasses and hat, Dusty Hill had been with the group since 1970, a year after its founding.

In half a century of existence and fifteen albums, the Texas-founded group has become a piece of American rock and blues history.

The ZZ Top became famous in the 1970s, notably with the song La Grange, which has remained famous.

But their biggest commercial success remains the album Eliminator, in 1983, in which we find the tubes "Gimme All Your Lovin '" and "Sharp Dressed Man".

In the 90s, they had ventured into a more technological boogie with synthesizers, before returning to their roots.

The band returned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, where they were inducted by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards.

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