Drawing his inspiration from blues icons like Chuck Berry, Elmore James, and Hound Dog Taylor, Deleware native bluesman George Thorogood achieved popular success in the '80s with his track "Bad to the Bone" and his covers of blues standards like John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and Hank Williams's "Move it On Over." Originally a minor league baseball player, Thorogood decided to come a musician in 1970 after attending a John Paul Hammond Concert. He culled a guitar vocabulary straight from the '50s Chicago blues and rock 'n' roll traditions and formed The Destroyers, releasing his self-titled debut with the band in 1977.
Thorogood and The Destroyers' sophomore release, Move it On Over, was released in 1978. Spurred by the success of the title track, the album broke into the American Top 40 and was eventually certified Gold. The band subsequently released Better Than the Rest (1979), a collection of demos recorded earlier in the decade. After 1980's More George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Thorogood scored his first major crossover hit with "Bad to the Bone," from the 1982 Gold album of the same name. The disc spent nearly a year on the charts, and the band's next three albums - Maverick (1985), Nadine (1986), and Born to Be Bad (1988) - all sold Gold as well.
Thorogood and The Destroyers have continued to record and tour throughout the '90s, '00s, and into the present decade. The band's latest release, 2120 South Michigan Ave., came out just last year. The title of the record is perhaps the most important address in the bloodline of the blues and rock 'n' roll: that of Chess Records. Thorogood has been essaying the Chess repertoire since his 1977 debut album and has cut 18 Chess covers over the years. On this latest release, he offers a full-length homage to the label whose roster of immortal artists fostered his own style.
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