Adios Dusty

Born in Dallas, Texas, on May 19, 1949, Joe Michael Hill was raised in the Lakewood neighbourhood of East Dallas and attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he played the cello. Like his future bandmates, Hill grew up listening to blues music, and began singing for money with his brother Rocky at the age of 8. After Rocky formed a band, Dusty joined the group and took up bass at the age of 13. He didn’t enjoy school either, and achieved poor grades with part of the problem being that by the time he was in highschool, he was already playing in local bars, so school kinda got in the way and he soon resented it.
Dusty, Rocky, and future fellow ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard played in local Dallas bands the Warlocks, the Cellar Dwellers, and American Blues from 1966 to 1968, and it was during this time they met future ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, who was touring the same Texas circuits with his band Moving Sidewalks.