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Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Nite Retro

Good Evening and welcome once again to Friday Nite Retro! Tonight we're going to get the blues, but in a good way! Let's jump right in with Lonesome George and his Delaware Destroyers!

George Thorogood was born in Wilmington, Delaware on New Year's Eve, 1950 - No wonder the guy likes to party and rock out!

Thorogood cut his debut album, titled Better Than the Rest in 1974, and released it that same year. In 1976 he recorded his second album, the eponymous George Thorogood & The Destroyers with his band, and issued the album in 1977. Thorogood released his next album titled Move It On Over in 1978 with The Destroyers, which included the hit "Move It On Over".

Move it on Over

"Please Set A Date" and "Who Do You Love" both followed in 1979. Before devoting himself exclusively to music, Thorogood played semi-pro baseball.[1]In the late 1970s, Thorogood played on a team in Delaware in the Roberto Clemente League which was created in 1976. He was the second baseman and was chosen rookie of the year in the league. Soon after this achievement, The Destroyers forced him to quit playing the sport. In the 1970s, George and the band were based in Boston.

Who Do You Love

George and the band were friends with Jimmy Thackery and the Nighthawks. While touring in the 1970s, the Destroyers and the Nighthawks happened to be playing shows in Georgetown (DC) at venues across the street from each other. The Destroyers were engaged at The Cellar Door, the Nighthawks at Desperados. At midnight, by prior arrangement, while both bands played the same song ("Madison Blues") in the same key (E), George and Jimmy left their clubs, met in the middle of M street, exchanged guitar cables and went on to play with the opposing band.

I Drink Alone

George and the Destroyers are also notable for undertaking a rigorous touring schedule after appearing throughout the Rolling Stones tour in 1981. After two shows in Boulder, Colorado, George and his band flew to Hawaii and played for only one night. The next night they appeared in Alaska for one show. The following day the band flew to Washington State, met their roadies who had their Checker car and a truck, and continued a one show per state tour for all fifty states in exactly fifty nights. In addition, they played Washington, DC on the same day that they performed a show in Maryland.

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Hello Little Girl

During the 1980s and 1990s, Thorogood recorded some of his most well known works. "Bad to the Bone" was used frequently in television and the big screen. Several appearances include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the comedy Problem Child, John Carpenter's Christine, and during many episodes of the television sitcom Married with Children. This track also was used during the intro to the movie "Major Payne". The same song is also featured in the game Rock 'n Roll Racing. It is also played during football pregame festivities at Mississippi State University. Quincy Jones once said to Thorogood, "The three things important in a record is the tune, tune, and the tune".

Bad to the Bone

Get a Haircut

Check out the official George Thorogood website HERE.

That's a wrap for tonight's FNR! Rock on, dudes!

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Blogger Parson said...

Great FNR, but I never really been that much of a Thorogood fan. I think mostly because it seems "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One beer", and "I drink alone" are so overplayed. Both of those songs annoy the crap out of me. I like "Bad to the Bone" and "get a haircut" though.

title="comment permalink">October 21, 2007 12:51 AM  
Blogger RedRocker said...

George may be a partier, but wasn't he born on February 24th? Maybe that's the Chinese New Year.

title="comment permalink">February 29, 2008 3:00 PM  

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