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George Thorogood

A blues-rock guitarist who draws his inspiration from Elmore James, Hound Dog Taylor, and Chuck Berry, George Thorogood never earned much respect from blues purists, but he became a popular favorite in the early '80s through repeated exposure on FM radio and the arena rock circuit. Thorogood's music was always loud, simple, and direct -- his riffs and licks were taken straight out of '50s Chicago blues and rock & roll -- but his formulaic approach helped him gain a rather large audience in the '80s, when his albums regularly went gold.

Originally, Thorogood was a minor-league baseball player but decided to become a musician in 1970 after seeing John Paul Hammond in concert. Three years later, he assembled the Destroyers in his home state of Delaware; in addition to Thorogood, the band featured bassist Michael Lenn, second guitarist Ron Smith, and drummer Jeff Simon. Shortly after the Destroyers were formed, he moved them to Boston, where they became regulars on the blues club circuit. In 1974, they cut a batch of demos that were later released in 1979 as the Better Than the Rest album.

Within a year of recording the demos, the Destroyers were discovered by John Forward, who helped them secure a contract with Rounder Records. Before they made their first album, Lenn was replaced by Billy Blough. Thorogood & the Destroyers' eponymous debut was released in early 1977. The group's second album, Move It on Over, was released in 1978. The title track, a cover of Hank Williams' classic, was pulled as a single and it received heavy FM airplay, helping the album enter the American Top 40 and go gold. Its success led to MCA's release of Better Than the Rest, which the band disdained. In 1980, Ron Smith left the band and the group added a saxophonist, Hank Carter, and released its third album, More George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Following the release of More George Thorogood, the guitarist signed with EMI Records, releasing his major-label debut, Bad to the Bone, in 1982. The title track of the album became his first major crossover hit, thanks to MTV's saturation airplay of the song's video. The album went gold and spent nearly a full year on the charts. Thorogood's next three albums after Bad to the Bone all went gold. Between Bad to the Bone and Thorogood's next album, 1985's Maverick, the Destroyers added a second guitarist, Steve Chrismar.

By the beginning of the '90s, Thorogood's audience began to decrease. None of the albums he released went gold, even though the title track from 1993's Haircut was a number two album rock hit. Despite his declining record sales, Thorogood continued to tour blues and rock clubs and he usually drew large crowds; subsequent efforts included 1997's Rockin' My Life Away, 1999's Half a Boy/Half a Man, Live in '99, 2003's Ride 'Til I Die, and 2006's The Hard Stuff. Thorogood returned to EMI/Capitol in 2009, releasing the bar band covers album The Dirty Dozen. Two years later, he continued the covers journey with 2120 South Michigan Ave., a tribute to Chess Records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Omg I love your music so much
Caught shows at toads place new haven ct 30 years ago. They're still working for me
Such energy I love his concerts
dougoeltjen
Saw George & the Destroyers @ Starlight outdoor theater in Kansas City after Maverick was released. Great show !
Saw Thoroughly George-good at D.A.R. Constitution Hall in D.C. about 30yrs ago. The band broke for an intermission , but George stayed on stage to play a set by himself with an acoustic guitar. He played some old Robert Johnson and Hound Dog Taylor songs with some smoking good slide guitar licks. I gained a whole new level of respect for George after hearing them..
they were called the Delaware Destroyers at one point
lgillies
George rocks the house down live! Best concert I've seen of his was at Daytona Bike Week several years back.
ubergringo
Seen George twice...one of the most fun concerts I've been to. Down and dirty
ubergringo
Seen George twice...one of the most fun concerts I've been to! Down and drity
Rock roller..perf e c t
Someone mentioned he was the 'rip off king'. DUH, A$$ head, ask George and he will tell he is and was. I would stack his live show up to ANY rock act and would listen to a GT album, and own many, before i would even borrow an Eric the most overrated guitarist in history Crap-ton.
kellerwood9
George rules
My cousin and I use to listen to him at LSU back in the early eighties.
melodybusch2 0 0 1
Bad to the bone�� bbbbbaddd bbbbbaddd bad to the bone
Not a great guitarist, but he was a great entertainer!
That bio sounds like the writer was definately not a fan of George Thorogood. As for me, I think he is the best live show I have ever seen. Not everyone likes his very bluesy style but I think he rocks.
Thorolly good George
He is the rip-off KING
Move it on over!
anorman385
Bad to the bone
Seen him LIVE!!! YAY for me!
love this dude
oh yeah

jwminix6
It's bad to the bone
I'm bad to the bone������
svoi23
Bad to the bone
sweetpeajeny
AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : -)
Esos son dientes y no chingaderas!
rig1279
Rock On !
Rock on too thee Best,,,All Rockin Roll Forever
gener30
What happened to the 1985 CD, with I Drink Alone? Pandora no rights to it?
George you got my respect been listing since the 70's 1AB
Instant classic
Wow! The album cover tho......... . .
Epppppppiicc c c c c c c epppppiiiicc c c c c c
First heard GT & destroyers when I was 18 years old and fell in love with their sound and with southern comfort!! (Yes the drink!) GT Awesome sound and top songs listen to Gearjammer turned up LOUD!!
Terminator got me here!!!!== ")
Baaadddd to the bone... B-b-baaaaaaa d d to the bone... B-b-baaaaaaa d d to the bone... B-b-baaaaaaa d d . . . B-b-baaaaaaa d d . . . .



L-love it!!! ����
neongreen977
Luvvvv this sung haaaa I'm Bbbbbbadddd to the bone bby
I'm sorry for my randomness, but MAJOR PAYNE!!! LOL! :-)
Beatiful mofos!
riverman172
I've had one bourbon one scotch and one beer just for the hell of it. Next day, regret. Thanks George.
PBR :-)
Bbbbbad.…
Get down George Thorogood... . $$$$$
alondra.hami l t o n
*guitar riff*
Christine rolling down the assembly line.
greatest f**kin guitar player EVER!!! long live king george!!!
bad to the bone......ps y c h ! ! ! !
vanfossensam
Favorite song
Um this is like my favorite dogs leash logo so....LOL MUCH?!!!����
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