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Z.Z. Hill: Love Is Good When You're Stealing It

Don Snowden, Ichiban Soul Classics/Sony Music, 1996

Z.Z. HILL WORE many hats during a career that was cut tragically short by a heart attack in 1984. A songwriter who enjoyed early hits with self-penned and self-produced singles, Hill became a skilled song interpreter and worked with top R&B producers on his major label ventures. A singer who worked both sides of the soul/blues fence, Hill turned the improbable trick of establishing ‘Down Home Blues’ and ‘Steppin' Out (Someone Else Was Steppin' In)’ as those rarest of beasts--post-1970 blues standards--during his early '80s stint with Malaco.

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