Related Artists

George Thorogood & The Destroyers


Carly Simon

The Drifters

Iron Butterfly

Jim Croce


Juice Newton

Chuck Berry

Bobby Darin

George Thorogood Biography

Home > Music > T > Thorogood, George > Biography

Birth Place: February 24
Years Active: 1974–present
Genres: Blues, Blues-rock, Hard Rock, Southern Rock

George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is a blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware.

In 1976 he recorded his debut album, “George Thorogood & The Destroyers” with his band, The Destroyers (sometimes known as The Delaware Destroyers or simply GT and D) and issued the album in 1977. It includes the cover of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," a fan favorite that is still played today.

Thorogood released his next album titled “Move It On Over” in 1978 with The Destroyers, which included the Hank Williams remake "Move It On Over." "Baby Please Set a Date" and their remake of the Bo Diddley song "Who Do You Love?" both followed in 1979. The album went to #33 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Thorogood gained his first mainstream exposure as a support act for The Rolling Stones during their 1981 U.S. tour. He and the band were the featured musical guests on “Saturday Night Live” in October 1982. During this time, George and the Destroyers also became known for their rigorous schedule, including the "50/50" tour of 1980, on which the band toured 50 US states in the space of 50 days.

In 1982 he released his best-known song, "Bad to the Bone," and an album of the same name. The song has been used frequently in television and film. 1988’s “Born to be Bad” peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. “Boogie People” was released in 1991 and went to #77 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

“Haircut” was released in 1993 and followed by 1997’s “Rockin' My Life Away.” “Rockin' My Life Away” peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums chart.

2006’s “The Hard Stuff” peaked at #27 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The 2009 album “The Dirty Dozen” reached #1 on the Billboard Top Blues Albums and was on the chart for 11 weeks. The album includes six new songs and six classic favorites, including three tracks that were previously out-of-print in the U.S.