Tuesday, August 3, 2021

ZZ Top: Dusty Hill’s widow thanks fans for their support

Charleen McCrory, the widow of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, is thanking fans for their outpouring of support following the sudden death of her husband last week, just days after he played his final concert with the iconic Texas trio.

“After 19 wonderful years of marriage that ended too soon, I’ve decided to step out into Dusty’s spotlight to thank all of his fans, colleagues and friends for the overwhelming outpouring of love for The Dust,” shared McCrory on the band’s Facebook page on August 2. “It makes me hopeful he will not be forgotten. He was the kindest, most gentle and caring man a woman could ever Hope to find in a lifetime. Many don’t believe in fairy tale marriages but Dusty and I truly lived one! We were inseparable.

“He wasn’t supposed to leave me or all of you. That wasn’t the plan he and I had. The plan was for another round of physical therapy, with a different approach, to help his chronic bursitis. The plan was he would return to the second leg of the tour in September.

“Early Wednesday morning (July 28) my world and yours would lose a great musician and I would lose my greatest love,” she continued. “He woke me up and we talked and as he was sweetly chatting with me he suddenly stopped and he was gone in an instant.

“So, while I feel numb and lost and alone and in a million pieces, I know he will always be with me in my heart and soul and I will join him when the Lord calls me home to be with them. It is my hope you will always keep him in your hearts. He loved his fans and always remembered that without fans music is not heard. So, know he truly appreciated each and every one of you.

“Dusty was an avid tv and movie buff…always quoting lines and so I share an embellished quote from ‘This Is Us’ as my last love letter I send with him to his final resting place.

My Sweet Dusty,

The single most extraordinary thing I have ever done in my life is fall in love with you. The single most extraordinary gift I have ever received in my life was for you to ask me to marry you. I have never been seen so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely. I will be with you again.

Love you to infinity and back.

Your wife,

“I will lay my husband to rest tomorrow. I would ask that you look to the heavens at noon and wish Dusty Godspeed. With great love, respect and appreciation to Dusty’s fans, colleagues and friends,

Mrs. The Dust.”

Hill played the first few shows of ZZ Top’s US tour before leaving “to address a hip issue”, while instructing Billy Gibbons to enlist longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis to step in on bass during his absence.

In the wake of Hill’s passing, the band cancelled a July 28 show in Simpsonville, SC, and resumed the series with a performance in Tuscaloosa, AL on July 30; a planned August 3 date in Little Rock, AK was also cancelled as the band members and crew attended a memorial service for Hill.
See also:

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