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Z.Z. Hill

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Z.Z Hill ( born Arziel Hill September 30, 1935, Naples, Texas — died April 27, 1984, Dallas, Texas) was a popular charting southern blues singer and guitarist from the late 60’s until his death in the mid 1980s. He made recordings released on a variety of labels, including Kent, M.H, Capricorn, Quinvy, Atlantic, Mankind, Hill, United Artists Columbia and later Malaco.

He started his career as a gospel singer touring Texas with The Spiritual Five in the 1950’s but started gigging solo in Dallas in local R&B clubs with the bands of Big Bo Thomas and Frank Shelton. By the mid 60’s he was recording soulful rock n roll with an emphasis on bluesy balladry. Z.Z Hill’s style is somewhat reminiscent of other southern blues & soul singers like Percy Sledge, Bobby Bland and his biggest influence B.B King, which is supposedly where he got the idea to shorten his name to Z.Z.

He started hitting his commercial stride with early 70’s hits including Chokin’ Kind, Don’t Make Me Pay for His Mistakes, and Faithful and True. While signed to Columbia, “Love Is So Good When You’re Stealing It,” spent 18 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the summer of 1977. Cheatin’ in the Next Room was released in early 1982 and broke into the top 20 nationally, spending a total of 20 weeks on the charts.

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  • Chingy314

    That Ain't The Way You Make Love <3

    1 May 2010 Reply
  • msassets

    A legend and treasure of the Lonestar State...you're not talkin' about blues if you're not talkin' about Z. Z. Hill

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • CarolinaHusky

    Excellent mix of Soul Blues and '50s style Delta Blues.

    4 Nov 2009 Reply
  • billcode

    finally found where madvillain's fancy clown sample came from...nicee!

    5 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Okietokie88

    Damn I'm definaty tracking down his old Lps big up mate you are truly missed

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
  • staytooned

    ZZ HILL WHAT MORE YOU WANT FROM SOME MELLOW TIMES?

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • rdsathene

    When I need an occasional break from the hard stuff, and a little R&B is indicated, Al Green or Z.Z. Hill fit the prescription. Down Home is great!

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
  • saraonfire

    Wow, nobody's left a shout out here for Z.Z. Hill I'm shocked this man was another great legend That Ain't The Way You Make Love is another big sample in hip-hop recently used by Madlib too actually.

    15 Nov 2007 Reply

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