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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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great entertainmen t , , , , , , , , , , , , , , f u n ! ! ! !
Funny and good song
now you're funny too....
Hmm nope only song that comes to mind in Bad to the bone
Got to give credit where credit is due, this man rocked
One bourbon one shot one beer. ..remember that one?
What a bad a** !!!!
Sexy bad to the bone hell yeah! !!
jack21walker
Went the monster mash and this song got played more then 12 times
Badass George thorogood
Love bad to the bone
Me and my brothers sing this song while we drag race
Shooting pool , drinking and jamming to Bad to the Bone nothing better. Luv George . He was great in concert when he opened for ZZ-Top many yrs ago. One of the best concerts I ever went 2. ROCK ON EVERYONE and Happy New Year
Way to bring in the year!
Wow!!!!!!!!! ! !
BAD TO THE BONE
Bad to the bone
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer...one great driving song!
I'm bad to the bone too ha!
This song makes me thirsty lol
wzilskejr
Never paid too much attention to George and the Destroyers until I saw them live on stage. After that, there were times when only a dose of Thorogood will get me back on track.
jmkacmar
Seen him play with johnny winters In Chicago early 80s? Wow man they kicked a**.
Brings back a couple.memor i e s


Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary, put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary cause it actually works.
Gotta luv Thorogood, Bad 2 The Bone is a true Classic! ! Rock On Everyone
heck yeah
jharwoodstar s 5
I'm bad to the bone
I'm bad to the bone bububu bad I broke 1000 hearts intel I met you jk
Saw him live in Clearwater, FL. Great show!
I think he did that song for me !! (Lol)
I love this song !!!!! This song all about me
Wonder bob that does not work I tried
Wait... did someone seriously just say Eric Clapton is the most over-rated guitarist in history and refer to him as crap? Wow.... lol
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say ur name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
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GRIZZ 460 Time Less Brings Me Back
Best song
Fun Kick A** music....
The pride of Delaware!! Thank u George 4 putting the 1st State on the map :)
Rocker Dude
seen in columbia sc and he WAS GOOD>>>>>>>> >
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
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