Blues-rocker George Thorogood
Guitarist ~ Singer

George Thorogood

December 24, 1950, Wilmington, DE

Originally, Thorogood was a minor-league baseball player but decided to become a musician in 1970 after seeing John Paul Hamond in concert. Three years later, he assembled the Destroyers in his home state of Delaware. ~ Allmusic: George Thorogood ~ retrieved December 3, 2013 © Allmusic

Throughout his career, Thorogood has kept his level of success at a steady pace. He has relied heavily on his influences, which include John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Bo Diddley. He wrote and recorded his own music, but much of his catalog includes cover versions of songs by his heroes. “I'm a Chevy Nova in a world of Rolls Royces,” Thorogood told Dave Veitch in the Calgary Sun. “It's all that I can do. Don't overrate me. I'm not that versatile.” In fact, it is his dependable style that brought audiences back as fans knew what to expect from Thorogood. ~ Musicianguide: George Thorogood ~ retrieved June 18, 2013 © Musicianguide

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Also on December 24 ~ Dave Bartholomew born ~ Peter te Bos born 

December 24, 1988 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Chicago, Look Away ~ #2 (4) Bobby Brown, My Prerogative ~ #1 (2) Poison, Every Rose Has Its Thorn

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“I went to Chicago in ‘81 and I was shocked at how many people didn’t even know what or where Chess Records was. And I was trying to explain to people. I said, ‘This is the music that changed the world. Chuck Berry cut ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ here. These are the two songs that started the whole thing, that just blew John Lennon's mind and Keith Richards, as well. And those bands changed the world forever. Chuck Berry was that link. And so was Chess Records. I said, ‘You have no idea how much we all owe to this company, and especially to two artists, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Let’s face it, they were blues men before. And they saw rock ‘n’ roll coming and they took their act and revved it up into a rock act. Sonny Boy Wiliamson and Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf didn’t quite leap that hurdle that Chuck did. He broke that barrier. So, for that, it was, I think, even more history-making than Sun Records was, in that fashion. I mean, let’s face it. Chuck Berry got that music on ‘Bandstand.’ Come on. That’s amazing.” ~ George Thorogood ~ Pop Culture Classics: George Thorogood Interview ~ February 2012 © Pop Culture Classics

George Thorogood & the Destroyers ~ Maverick (1985) ~ #105 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012



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