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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, Rovi
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Z.Z. Hill passed to young ! His music will llive on for ever.
ZZ YOU DID THAT THERE
BIG G.com
ZZ Mr Bluzzz*978*4 m 1 4 y ~
I LOVE LISTENING TO DIFFERANT BLUES SONGS MAKE ME THINK OVER MY LIFE SMILE...
This my aunt song.......
Go Z .Z. Love this music ! This is the real old school.
Music lk this takes me back to those good days
Stepping! !!new way of wearing my hair
Heeeeeeyyyyy Nah!!!
My shhhhh
Mr.Top of the Hill.
Just one of those song that makes you think of the good! Loving that only your women can give;)
Johnny Taylor was the greatest. Ease back out.
Love this song!!!!!!
ZZ Hill was a blues genius!!!! Shadetree mechanic was the joint!
ROLL WITH IT ZZ
Yep do dat!
Zz was a smooth singer love the lyrics
The best.. ZZ puttn it down....
Miss this type of soul makes u fell some type of way
very good
Fell in love with Z.Z. Hill music the first time my mom played it in the car. That was the good days I wish we could do over again and again!!!
this is deeper than soul itself
Zz hill showed up n showed out with this one
Just right!!!
Love it!!
This was my aunt laura Mccormick song Rip love you
Real good music never die
i grew up on this here music and I have to say I really do enjoy it
That's how it is.
I can't even hook up wth my baby know more he don't even want to b friends cheating f**ked my head up first time I got my feels involved twice damn f**k love D Golliday :)
Great blues man!!
↓↓@kurshun1 ikr smh lol
Smh......... . . . t a l k i n g .softly on the telephone yes sir!
Great man
I love this song one of my favorite old skool jams
One of the greatest!!!! ! Mississippi jam zz all the time!!""
love this man
johnson17049 2
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started trading this don't stop. This is do scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
I just love ZZ Hill
ZZHill was Born in Naples Texas and he still have Family there and Love&Miss him.
You was a bad man
Z.Z. HILL YOU are in the # 1 chart of blues
love zz you or one of the best rip.
There's something about those blues....... . . . . I love this song.
CLASSIC
I love this kind of s**t rest in peace zz
love u zz miss u very much
What ya"ll no about that
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