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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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dang, they really can jam!
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Bar fight song
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rollie_perez
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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stranger052
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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Hi
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hi
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anyone there
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everybody funny, now you funny too
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anthony64702
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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George Thorogood where are thou ?!
We miss you bunches!!
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You knew this SONG remained of dog the bounty hunter his son has that T-shirtYou knew this SONG remained of dog the bounty hunter his son has that T-shirt
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of you're life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (but wont die) in two days. Now that you're reading this don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes when you're done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the scream with big letters this is so scary because it actually works
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mbmrlm
IM BAD TO THE BONE
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Bad to the bone
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Bad A**!
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Don't read this because this actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured in two days now you started reading this so don't stop.Post this on 5 songs in the next 143minutes . When your done press f6 your lovers name will appear on a screen with big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because this actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.
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Hey very cool music there!
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I put this song on when I toss trash in the recycling bin
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One Bourbon One scotch and One beer this one's for u Brett my drinking buddy. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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reeedme89
I am blushing!!!!
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now you're funny too.....
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chris.itterl y
Just heard Delaware Slide for the first time, fun song !!
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Bad to the bone.
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babababbabab a a a d d d d d d d d d d ! ! ! ! !
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jaoakley54
Firefall
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logan.c.grig g
Grave Digger is "bad to the bone"
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logan.c.grig g
I LOVE THIS ARTIST #1
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just, warming up for his.8p.m.sho w
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I love bad to the bone it's a great song ever written
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Broke 1000 hearts before i met you i'll break 1000 more
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Bad to the bone
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Play that Gutiar
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Play that Horn George
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Acid too
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Give me some weed & Gallo Red Wine
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Because lonegunman30 8, they're the WORST FRIGGEN bios written! Must have only made it to English 101 and quit.
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How can this bio mention nothing about the 50 states in 50 days tour?!?!?
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Lonesome George can and does ROCK IT!!! And yes, he should be in the Hall. I guess GT rocks 'too much' compared to some of the s**t bags that jerk off Jan Wanner and his high brow f**k wads have to be in the Hall. Wake up and smell the bourbon.
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3 top 40 albums. 5 gold albums. 5 top 5 albums on the blues charts since 1997. 1 live album made the top 40 and has since gone gold. 1 platinum compilation and 1 gold. Almost every single he's released has made the top 40 on the rock charts with 4 top 5s. Several classic rock staples. How is he not in the Hall of Fame?
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This guy got me drinkin' again.
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Brett this is for u my friend. ...One Bourbon One scotch and One beer. Cheers ...ROCK ON
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One Bourbon One scotch and One beer. That's wat I need about now... George is incredible great musician. Saw him open for ZZ-Top in the late 80s talk about stage show an everybody f**ked up general admission was the best. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Good to listen
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dragonlady60 8 8
Bad tto the bone...
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great entertainmen t , , , , , , , , , , , , , , f u n ! ! ! !
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Funny and good song
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now you're funny too....
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Hmm nope only song that comes to mind in Bad to the bone
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