Thankfully, there haven’t been many memorial inductions into the Television Crossover Hall of Fame so far this year. (I hope I haven’t jinxed things; we’ve still got 4½ months to go.)
But unfortunately, we have another entry, a member of the League of Themselves. (There have been six other memorial tributes so far this year – three as their characters, and the other half who are also from the League of Themselves.
But today we honor a legendary Bassist, who had two incarnations in Toobworld….
Joe Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 – July 28, 2021) was an American musician who was the bassist of the rock band ZZ Top. He also sang lead and backing vocals, and played keyboards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of ZZ Top in 2004. Hill played with the band for over 50 years; after his death, he was replaced by the band's longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis, in line with Hill's wishes.
Hill is a multidimensional member of the League of Themselves, having appeared in the main Toobworld and in the Tooniverse.
THE MAIN TOOBWORLD
- In Ramada Da Vida (1998)
... Dusty Hill
Drew is in charge of entertaining a group of investors from Vietnam. When Drew's band plays for the investors at a local hotel, the manager asks them to replace the regular hotel band. Drew is torn whether to focus on his career at the store or become a full-time musician.
- Sleeping Bag
- TV Dinners
- I Gotsta Get Paid
- Antenna Head
- World of Swirl
- Viva Las Vegas
- Burger Man
- My Head’s In Mississippi
- Give It Up
- Velcro Fly
- Rough Boy
- Hank Gets Dusted (2007)
... Dusty Hill (voice)
Remember how they tricked you into thinking that Tom Landry died?
Yeah, and then when he finally did die, I didn't believe it and I went to work anyway. I'm still mortified.
All three members of ZZ Top are also being inducted as the Ghosts who look like ZZ Top, who are seen in 3 videos and in a sitcom, all of which are in the main Toobworld:
- Gimme All Your Lovin'
- Sharp Dressed Man
It is unclear right now as to whether or not Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard will be inducted as individuals or not. I didn't want to do the research because I wanted to give Dusty his due. But it didn't make sense not to pay tribute to the full band at this time, since Dusty Hill was being inducted for the same appearances. It just happened that he had one extra....
Welcome to the Hall, Dusty Hill! And the same goes for ZZ top as a whole and as a haunted trio....