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Z.Z. Hill

Texas-born singer Z.Z. Hill managed to resuscitate both his own semi-flagging career and the entire genre at large when he signed on at Jackson, MS-based Malaco Records in 1980 and began growling his way through some of the most uncompromising blues to be unleashed on black radio stations in many a moon. His impressive 1982 Malaco album Down Home Blues remained on Billboard's soul album charts for nearly two years, an extraordinary run for such a blatantly bluesy LP. His songs "Down Home Blues" and "Somebody Else Is Steppin' In" have graduated into the ranks of legitimate blues standards (and few of those have come along over the last couple of decades). Arzell Hill started out singing gospel with a quintet called the Spiritual Five, but the output of B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and especially Sam Cooke made a more indelible mark on his approach. He began gigging around Dallas, fashioning his distinctive initials after those of B.B. King. When his older brother Matt Hill (a budding record producer with his own label, M.H.) invited Z.Z. to go west to Southern California, the young singer did.

His debut single on M.H., the gutsy shuffle "You Were Wrong" (recorded in an L.A. garage studio), showed up on the pop chart for a week in 1964. With such a relatively successful showing his first time out, Hill's fine subsequent singles for the Bihari Brothers' Kent logo should have been even bigger. But "I Need Someone (To Love Me)," "Happiness Is All I Need," and a raft of other deserving Kent 45s (many produced and arranged by Maxwell Davis) went nowhere commercially for the singer. Excellent singles for Atlantic, Mankind, and Hill (another imprint operated by brother Matt, who served as Z.Z.'s producer for much of his career) preceded a 1972 hookup with United Artists that resulted in three albums and six R&B chart singles over the next couple of years. From there, Z.Z. moved on to Columbia, where his 1977 single "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It" became his biggest-selling hit of all. But Hill's vocal grit was never more effective than on his blues-soaked Malaco output. From 1980 until 1984, when he died suddenly of a heart attack, Z.Z. bravely led a personal back-to-the-blues campaign that doubtless helped to fuel the subsequent contemporary blues boom. It's a shame he couldn't stick around to see it blossom. ~ Bill Dahl
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I'm A Blues Man

1. I'm A Blues Man

2. Three Into Two Won't Go

3. Cheatin' Love

4. Shade Tree Mechanic

5. It's Been So Long

6. Get A Little

7. Please Don't Let Our Good Thing End

8. Steal Away

9. Blind Side

10. I Ain't Buying What You're Selling

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Track List: The Rhythum And The Blues

1. Someone Else Is Steppin' In

2. What Am I Gonna Tell Her

3. Open House At My House

4. Who You Been Giving It To

5. That Fire Is Hot

6. Wang Dang Doodle

7. Outside Thang

8. You're Gonna Be A Woman

9. Help Me, I'm In Need

10. Get You Some Business

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Track List: Down Home

1. Down Home Blues

2. Cheating In The Next Room

3. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing

4. Love Me

5. That Means So Much To Me

6. When Can We Do This Again

7. Right Arm For Your Love

8. When It Rains It Pours

9. Woman Don't Go Astray

10. Givin' It Up For Your Love

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Track List: The Brand New ZZ Hill (Remastered)

1. It Ain't No Use

2. Ha Ha (Laughing Song)

3. Second Chance

4. Our Love Is Getting Better

5. Faithful And True

6. The Chokin' Kind

7. Hold Back (One Man At A Time)

8. A Man Needs A Woman (A Woman Needs A Man)

9. Early In The Morning

10. I Think I'd Do It

12. Just As I Am

13. Touch 'Em With Love

14. The ZZ Thrill

18. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

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ssapp007
My daddy listen to these songs under the tree in the yard. He would drink his cold ones and BBQ for the family. And always kissing on my mom all threw the process. Sweet memories, love you Daddy!!!!
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I am a blues woman .. I just love'm.. True South Born and Raised... Louisiana Y'all
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I'm from N.O, LA and we love the blues. He can be my candy licker anytime.
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Old school for real
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stevietaylor 5 2
Now thats damn good music
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I need me a shade tree mechanic
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All the Real Blues Singers gone...this is what Us Grown folks have to hang on too..sounds dam good
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ZZ....got a smile on my face and you put it there, with the memories that come whenever I hear the BLUES!!
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Wow - so glad to hear him at last! Thanks, Pandora.
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I grew up listing to this type off music and still love it today my wife and kids say im old fashion. But i rather listen to this then rap
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My mother used to play this song a lot I love you mom RIP
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My kind of music
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I love old muscia I grow up on olds song like this I çame old school dn
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grew up in the ms. delta. this man was and is one of my favorites
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Amen Fuchs. UP
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cathy you aint lying! gotta love it
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Down home blues!!!gott a love um!!!
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This is the music I grew up on.... in Detroit, Michigan. My mother is from Luvern, AL.
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Zz hill ZZ hill
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Love them always
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Cheating, now how low can you be.now thats f*** up ....
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parkay_jones
my gran-dad's favorite.... . . . R I P Ernest Ruffin
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I love Denise LaSalle been listing to her and others since I was a little girl 40 now
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I'm from the South grew up on this music and always bring back memories good one's.
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I have a smile on my face!!!!
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True song somebody will step in lol
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No,one would know if you didn't talk so much "".... (Smile)
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I'm stepin in and it anit no use.... Remember the old song ,it anit no use.......
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Yes somebody else will be stepping soon
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Been listening since I was 1
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To everyone happy Thanksgiving keep playing those love songs..
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Love my blues ,since l was 18yrs old....54 now still love it.
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Tell me y'all heard dat
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Oh yea I'm back now Memphis when I hear this
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jdwst42
Great station. Loving this music
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Oh yeah
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
Somebody gone get hurt....lol I grew up listening to this song...
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
False nd fictitious names...Lol
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
Open house...lol, no music thats real as blues...my granny!
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Ole school blues still love it and love to dance to it but it's hard to find these days Any suggestions in Tex or La
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jbfcjr1
Cut my teeth on all genres of black music, but I fell in love with the blues as a teenager. Johnny Taylor, B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, and Z. Z. Hill are my all time favorites. As a 72 year ofd Bluesman, I still incorporate songs from all four into my show, because the blues is still "king of the hill".
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annettegordo n 5 3 @ m e . c o m

This the music I know remind you of the good old days
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Oh. Yeah!!!!!!
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Life truly would be rough without the BLUES
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
My grannys favorite, r.I.p grandma josie:-):-)
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Nancy Gibson, Ienjoy the blues
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veronica.ste w a r t 5 2
>>Love it
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I love z.z.hill.
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I love zz hill
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nah.... Lol
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