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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Dirty Dozen

1. Tail Dragger

2. Drop Down Mama

3. Run Myself Out Of Town

4. Born Lover

5. Twenty Dollar Gig

6. Let Me Pass

7. Howlin' For My Baby

8. Highway 49

9. Six Days On The Road

10. Treat Her Right

11. Hello Little Girl

12. Blue Highway

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Track List: The Hard Stuff

1. Hard Stuff

2. Hello Josephine

3. Moving

4. I Got My Eyes On You

5. I Didn't Know

6. Any Town USA

7. Little Rain

8. Cool It!

9. Love Doctor

10. Dynaflow Blues

11. Rock Party

12. Drifter's Escape

13. Give Me Back My Wig

14. Takin' Care Of Business

15. Huckle Up Baby

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Track List: Ride 'Til I Die

1. Greedy Man

2. American Made

3. Sweet Little Lady

4. Don't Let The Boss Get You Down

5. Devil In Disguise

6. She's Gone

7. The Fixer

8. You Don't Love Me, You Don't Care

9. My Way

10. That's It, I Quit

11. I Wash My Hands In Muddy Water

12. Move It

13. Ride 'Til I Die

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Track List: Move It On Over

1. Move It On Over

2. Who Do You Love?

3. The Sky Is Crying

4. Cocaine Blues

5. It Wasn't me

6. That Same Thing

7. So Much Trouble

8. I'm Just Your Good Thing

9. Baby Please Set A Date

10. New Hawaiian Boogie

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Track List: George Thorogood & The Destroyers

1. You Got To Lose

2. Madison Blues

3. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

4. Kind Hearted Woman

5. Can't Stop Lovin'

6. Ride On Josephine

7. Homesick Boy

8. John Hardy

9. I'll Change My Style

10. Delaware Slide

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Thorogood rocks
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Bad To The Bone
Song by
George Thorogood.
Bad To The Bone.✌
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&
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Bad
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Good song
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Bad To The Bone
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The Killer Car Christine 1983 Movie Yo
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Daytona bound One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer RIP Tia
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I phone blur
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love that P-90 tone......
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What's this "emo" stuff i hear about in school, this is real music, you can actually UNDERSTAND this, and good beat.
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George Thorogood is great live, his music is hard & happy at the same time !
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jack.1235
He didn't have money for rent, but he could lay it down at the bar?Now that's bad to the bone
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Grave Digger theme, definitely matches Grave Digger
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George Thorogood and the destroyers would have been great in fallout 4
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What a bunch of queens pa ndora you guys rock
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Who knew ??
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Problem Child 1 and 2.
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Guys the spam wars have stared John Williams vs The Panio guys you can join or whach just tell me on John Williams comments and that is also where it is happening too!!!!!!
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I saw him in cherry hill nj a place called emerald city used to be the Latin casino back in the late 70's he show was awesome place was packed still sounds great
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You r cool
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seabreeez
I want to see him sooo bad!! Im 58, but this music makes me feel 18 and I'm dancing round the room :D Coming to Florida?
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Hadn't heard any of his music in awhile,,, bought back lots of memories of my youth!!! Their music still ROCKS!!!!! Wishing them luck, wherever/wha t e v e r they might be doing now!!!!
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Leaking//mus i c / / f i l e s . . . c o m p l e t e ( ) ( ) ( a c c e s s granted)//// r e b o o t / t o / c o n t i n u e / /
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Modern day bluesman Davy Knnowles is opeing for the legendary blues songwriter of “Bad To The Bone”, George Thorogood. The show is on Thursday September 17, 2015 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. An epic performance that can’t be missed! Davy will be playing tracks off of his new album The Outsider, available on iTunes here: http://bit.l y / D K - i T u n e s .
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Lord, she was lovey dovey.
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Thorogood's music was always loud, simple, and direct --

Powerful and hard-driving rock. And a lot of fun. Hell yeah!
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Almost as good as Bumper and the Lips. Oh yea
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OOPS I meant stuck
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I first heard this one on megamind and it just suck
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Nobody rocks like the Delaware Destroyers!! ! !
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Pretty cool , love it
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Baaaaad to da bone.....baa a a d girl July! '-)
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Pop a Top!!!
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Bad to the bone yeah
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Bad To The Bone
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When Your BAD....Your Bad to the Bone!!
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Bad to the bone! B-b-b-b- BAD!
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dang, they really can jam!
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Bar fight song
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Music like this might be the reason I'm losing my hearing. And yes, I drink alone when I listen to it.
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This song was in terminator 2
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One Bourbon, One Scotch and One beer. Cheers. ..this one's 4 u Brett my friend. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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anyone there
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everybody funny, now you funny too
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what can I say" I drink alone " good tune George !!!!!!!
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers are on the road again. Their tour begins May 27, in Red Bank N.J.
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