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Z.Z. Hill

Arzell Hill was born Sept. 30, 1935 in Naples, Tx. He started out singing gospel with a quintet called the Spiritual Five, but was lured to blues and soul music. Inevitably he began performing around Dallas but moved to California to release his debut single on M.H.Records, started by his brother Matt Hill. "You Were Wrong" briefly dented the pop chart in 1964 (reached #100). Follow up singles on Kent, including the now classic "I Need Someone", didn't chart. He then released singles for Atlantic, Mankind, and brother Matt's Hill Records. In 1971 he finally scored his first big hit for United Artists. "Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes" hit #17 on R & B and #62 Pop. Several more hits followed (including a new version of "I Need Someone" #30 R & B) before his 1977 Columbia single "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It" became a smash at #15 R & B. When he switched to Malaco Records he started a blues revival. 1982's "Down Home Blues" was a smash, hitting #17 on R & B album charts and he followed that up with a string of similar soul/blues albums prior to his 1984 heart attack. Truly one of the legends of the genre.

Album Discography

"Whole Lot of Soul" (Kent 1969)

"Brand New Z.Z. Hill" (Mankind 1971; SDEG 2003)

Produced by Swamp Dogg who re-issued the album on cd in 2003 with 10 (11-21) bonus cuts.

1. It Ain't No Use (Act I, Scene I)
2. Ha Ha (Laughing Song - Act I, Scene II)
3. Second Chance (Act II, Scene I)
4. Our Love Is Getting Better (Act II, Scene II)
5. Faithful and True (Act III, Finale)
6. Choking Kind
7. Hold Back (One Man At a Time)
8. A Man Needs a Woman (Woman Need a Man)
9. Early in the Morning
10. I Think I'd Do It
11. Suppertime (Home Just Ain't Home At)
12. Just As I Am
13. Touch 'Em With Love
14. Put a Little Love in Your Heart
15. Just As I Am (Collectors Version)
16. Faithful and True (Collectors Version)
17. It's a Hang Up Baby
18. Put a Little Love in Your Hear (Collectors Version)
19. Hold Back (One Man At a Time - Collectors Version)
20. Early in the Morning (Collectors Version)
21. I Think I'd Do It (Collectors Version)

"The Bluest Blues" (Excello 1971)

1 Act I - Scene I - "It Ain't No Use"
2 Scene II - "Ha Ha" (Laughing Song)
3 Act II - Scene I - "Second Chance"
4 Scene II - "Our Love Is Getting Better"
5 Act III - Finale - "Faithful And True"
6 Choking King
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

"Dues Paid In Full" (Kent 1972)

1 Happiness Is All I Need
2 Hey Little Girl
3 I Need Someone
4 You Don't Love Me
5 If I Could Do It All Over
6 Everybody Has To Cry
7 That's It
8 What More
9 Oh Darling
10 Have Mercy Someone
11 I Found Love
12 Set Your Sights Higher

"The Best Thing That's Happened To Me" (United Artists 1972)

1 - I've Got To Get You Back
2 - You Were Wrong
3 - Your Love Makes Me Feel Good
4 - My Adorable One
5 - Can I Get A Witness
6 - Love In The Street
7 - Your Love
8 - Cause I Love You
9 - Dream Don't Let Me Down
10- Friendship Only Goes So Far

"Z.Z. Hill" (United Artists 1974)

1.It Ainít Safe
2.Let Them Talk
3.Am I Groovin' You
4.Snap Your Fingers
5.Bad Mouth And Gossip
6.Clean Up America
7.Country Love
8.The Best I Ever Had
9.Two Wrongs Don't Make It Rihgt
10.Youíre Killing Me (Slowly But Surely)
11.Funny Face

"Keep On Loving You" (United Artists 1975)

1 I Created A Monster
2 That Ain't The Way You Make Love
3 Steppin' In The Shoes Of A Fool
4 Two Sides To Every Story
5 Am I Groovin You
6 I Keep On Lovin' You
7 Who Ever's Thrillin You (Is Killing Me)
8 Look What You've Done
9 My Turn
10 I Don't Need Half A Love

"Let's Make A Deal" (Columbia 1977)

1. Universal Love
2. This Time They Told Me the Truth
3. Stop by and Love Me Sometime
4. Thats All Thats Left
5. You Got Me Doin the Disco
6. Message to the Ladies, A
7. Lets Make a Deal
8. Love Is So Good When Youre Stealing It
9. Need You by My Side
10. Near But Yet So Far

"The Mark Of Z.Z. Hill" (Columbia 1979)

1. Lets Have a Party
2. I Wanna Dance With You
3. Just Because Were No Longer Lovers
4. I Want to Be Your Every Need
5. Whip It on Me Baby
6. I Dont Want Our Love to Be No Secret
7. I Will Understand
8. Tell It Like It Is

"Z.Z. Hill" (Malaco 1981)

1. Separate Way
2. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
3. Something Good Going On
4. Bring It on Home to Me
5. Please Don't Make Me (Do Something Bad to You)
6. Chained to Your Love
7. Rolling Stone
8. Bump and Grind
9. Blue Monday

"Down Home" (Malaco 1982)

1. Down Home Blues
2. Cheatin' 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

"The Rhythm & The Blues" (Malaco 1982)

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

"I'm A Blues Man" (Malaco 1983)

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, Give 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

"Bluesmaster" (Malaco 1984)

1. You're Ruining My Bad Reputation
2. Bottom Line Woman
3. She Got the Goods on Me
4. Breakdown
5. Personally
6. Champange Lady
7. Be Strong Enough to Hold On
8. I'm Gonna Stop You from Givin' Me the Blues
9. Friday Is My Day
10. I'll Be Your Witness
11. Why Don't You Spend the Night

"Thrill On The Hill" (Rare Bullet 1984)

1 I Think I'd Do It
2 Early In The Morning
3 Hold Back (One Man At A Time)
4 Put A Little Love In Your Heart
5 Faithful And True
6 Just As I Am
7 Touch 'Em With Love
8 The Z.Z. Hill

"In Memorian (1935-1984)" (Malaco 1985)

1. Down Home Blues
2. Bump and Grind
3. Wang Dang Doodle
4. When It Rains It Pours
5. Givin' It Up for Your Love
6. Someone Else Is Steppin' In
7. I'm a Blues Man
8. Please Don't Make Me (Do Something Bad to You)
9. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
10. Get You Some Business

"A Man Needs A Woman" (Topline 1986)

Tracks taken from Swamp Dogg produced "Brand New Z.Z. Hill" and obscure LP "Thrill On The Hill".

1 It Ain't No Use
2 Faithful And True
3 Chokin' Kind
4 Early in the Morning
5 Second Chance
6 Hold Back
7 I Think I'll Do It
8 Our Love Is Getting Better
9 Man Needs a Woman
10 Ha Ha (The Laughing Song)
11 Take Me (Just as I Am)
12 Touch 'Em With Love

"Greatest Hits" (Malaco 1990)

1. Cheatin' in the Next Room
2. Down Home Blues
3. Please Don't Let Our Good Thing End
4. Right Arm for Your Love
5. Open House at My House
6. Someone Else Is Steppin' In
7. Get a Little, Give a Little
8. Shade Tree Mechanic
9. Three into Two Won't Go
10. Stop You from Givin' Me the Blues
11. Friday Is My Day

"Down Home Soul Of Z.Z. Hill" (Ace 1992 Kent 1995)

1. Baby I'm Sorry
2. I Need Someone (To Love Me)
3. Have Mercy Someone
4. Kind of Love I Want, The
5. Hey Little Girl
6. I Found Love
7. No More Doggin'
8. You Can't Hide a Heartache
9. That's It
10. Happiness Is All I Need
11. Everybody Has to Cry
12. Nothing Can Change This Love
13. Set Your Sights Higher
14. Steal Away
15. You're Gonna Need My Lovin'
16. You're Gonna Make Me Cry
17. Oh Darling
18. If I Could Do It All Over
19. You Don't Love Me
20. You Won't Hurt No More
21. What More
22. You Got What I Need

"Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (Tuff City 1992)

1. Ain't Too Proud to Beg
2. Turn Back the Hands of Time
3. My Girl
4. It Can Be Fixed
5. Nine Pound Steel
6. Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes
7. Mr Nobody's Somebody
8. Sweet Woman
9. One Way Love Affair
10. Think People
11. You Better Take Time
12. Five Will Get You Ten
13. Right to Love, The
14. You Were Wrong

"Final Appearance" (Kent 1993)

1-I'M GONNA LOVE YOU
2-HEY LITTLE GIRL
3-SOMEONE TO LOVE ME
4-YOU DON'T LOVE ME
5-IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER
6-EVERYBODY HAS TO CRY
7-THAT'S IT
8-OH DARLING
9-HAVE MERCY SOMEONE
10-PLEASE TAKE ME BACK
11-I FOUND A LOVE
12-SET YOUR SIGHTS HIGHER

"The Complete Hill/UA Recordings 1972-1975" (Capital 1996)

DISC 1:
1. I've Got to Get You Back
2. You Were Wrong
3. Your Love Makes Me Feel Good
4. My Adorable One
5. Can I Get a Witness
6. Love in the Street
7. Your Love
8. Cause I Love You
9. Dream Don't Let Me Down
10. Friendship Only Goes So Far
11. Red Rooster, The
12. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
13. It Ain't Safe
14. Let Them Talk
15. Am I Groovin' You?
16. Snap Your Fingers

DISC 2:
1. Bad Mouth and Gossip
2. Clean up America
3. Country Love
4. Best I Ever Had, The
5. Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
6. You're Killing Me (Slowly But Surely)
7. Funny Face
8. I Created a Monster
9. That Ain't the Way You Make Love
10. Steppin' in the Shoes of a Fool
11. Two Sides to Every Story
12. I Keep on Loving You
13. Whoever's Thrilling You (Is Killing Me)
14. Look What You've Done
15. My Turn
16. I Don't Need Half a Love

"Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It" (Ichiban 1996)

1. Universal Love
2. This Time They Told the Truth
3. Stop by and Love Me Sometime
4. That's All That's Left
5. You Got Me Doing the Disco
6. Message to the Ladies, A
7. Let's Make a Deal
8. Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It
9. Need You by My Side
10. Near But Yet So Far
11. Let's Have a Party
12. I Wanna Dance With You
13. Just Because We're No Longer Lovers
14. I Want to Be Your Every Need
15. Whip It on Me Baby
16. I Don't Want Our Love to Be No Secret
17. I Will Understand
18. Tell It Like It Is

"Faithful And True" (Blue Dog 1997)

1. Faithful And True
2. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
3. Early In The Morning
4. Touch 'Em With Love
5. Just As I Am
6. Hold Back (One Man At A Time)
7. I Think I'll Do It
8. Reprise #69

"This Time They Told The Truth: The Columbia Years" (Columbia 1998)

1. Universal Love
2. This Time They Told the Truth
3. Stop by and Love Me Sometime
4. Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It
5. Let's Make a Deal
6. I Don't Want Our Love to Be No Secret
7. I Want to Be Your Every Need
8. Message to the Ladies, A
9. Whip It on Me Baby
10. Just Because We're No Longer Lovers
11. Tell It Like It Is
12. That's All That's Left
13. Let's Have a Party

"Blues Business" (601 Music 1997)

1. Right Arm for Your Love
2. Please Don't Make Me (Do Something Bad to You)
3. Friday Is My Day
4. Get You Some Business
5. I'm a Blues Man
6. Outside Thang
7. Woman Don't Go Astray
8. You're Ruining My Bad Reputation
9. Everybody Knows About My Good Thing
10. She Got the Goods on Me

"Am I Groovin' You?: Great R&B Hits" (Micro Werks 2009)

1. Am I Groovin' You
2. Ain't Nothing You Can Do
3. I Don't Need Half A Love
4. Let Them Talk
5. I Keep On Lovin' You
6. I Created A Monster
7. Can I Get A Witness
8. Dream Don't Let Me Down
9. Snap Your Fingers
10. Look What You've Done
11. I've Got To Get You Back
12. Your Love Makes Me Feel Good
13. Bad Mouth and Gossip
14. That Ain't The Way You Make Love

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