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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. Dynaflo Blues

11. Rock Party

12. Drifters Escape

13. Give Me Back My Wig

14. Taking Care Of Business

15. Huckle Up

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Track List: 30th Anniversary Tour: Live

1. Long Gone (Live)

2. Who Do You Love (Live)

3. Night Time (Live)

4. I Drink Alone (Live)

5. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (Live)

6. Don't Let The Bossman Get You Down (Live)

7. The Sky Is Crying (Live)

8. Sweet Little Lady (Live)

9. Greedy Man (Live)

10. Bad To The Bone (Live)

11. The Fixer (Live)

12. Thats It I Quit (Live)

13. Rockin My Life Away (Live)

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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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Cool song but yet with male egotistical vibes but go ahead with ya bad self George
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My theme song.
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johnmargie6
Hi, would you play at the Seagrass Resort in Homosassa, Florida. Hahaha
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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TURN IT UP
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Bad 2 The Bone,,, excellent concert way back in the early 80s when George opened 4 ZZ-TOP . 4 sold out shows... Unbelievable . ROCK ON EVERYONE
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AL BUNDY, the TERMINATOR and Christine!!!
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That's BBBaaddd!!!!
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Lol
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timstunes9
lol there no sax @bob
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tcmel4
Cool song
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These guys played more shows than anybody .
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Great song, great lyrics! ❤ Bad To The Bone ❤
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I love it
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the sax makes the whole song
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It wasn't me. (Either)
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I always remember this song from Wild Hogs
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Bad to the bone ��
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Bad to the bone!��
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George & The Destroyers of Delaware
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vedkurt
It's obvious the reviewer doesn't like the artist here. Every mention of success is qualified by Humble George's gift exposure . Well, he got a lot of exposure because he was a great musician and people wanted to see him and listen to his music, dummy. No one's trying to say he is/was as gifted a guitarist as Stevie Ray Vaughn so take your turned up nose and stick it somewhere private.
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Worked at the high school he graduated from and gave him a tour of the his alma mater when he came back for the 50th anniversary of the school in 2009...reall y cool dude
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Terminator
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Love bad to the bone
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Why so many inappropriat e pictures for profiles
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cnote1984
Jax cool music brother
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If I had the cash, GT and the Destroyers would destroy Ft . Stockton TX.
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Bluesy steely g-tar
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A little blues
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Bad to the bone
rocks
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HAPPY birthday Mr Thorogood catching his show HOB Houston the 28th day after my birthday
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Boss
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sciortinogar y 1 7 0 8
Get a haircut and get a Real Job!
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��bone garrr ruff.❤✌
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Yes
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True
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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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GraveDigger
&
Also
The
Car
Christine
In
The
Movie
1983
Man
Bad
To
The
Bone

Wooo
Oh
Yeah
Man.
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Ha ha ha ha
Good song
Man.
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Bad To The Bone
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The Killer Car Christine 1983 Movie Yo
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desiree.whee l e r
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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