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The Rhythum and the Blues

Z.Z. Hill

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Album Review

Led by Z.Z. Hill's second immediate standard — the Denise LaSalle-penned "Someone Else Is Steppin' In" — Hill's third Malaco album, The Rhythm & the Blues is another consistent effort, if not quite the blockbuster that his previous effort was. Hill again dipped into the Little Johnny Taylor songbook for a humorous slow blues, "Open House at My House," while relying on talented songwriters George Jackson and Ernie Johnson for most of his tailor-made material.

Biography

Born: 30 September 1935 in Naples, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s

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...
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