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215. George Thorogood

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Blues based Rockers permeate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so on the initial surface George Thorogood may seem to be a potential choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throw in the fact that Blues purists tend to despise him, the picture becomes rapidly unclear.


Of all the Blues based Rock stars, George Thorogood may potentially have the biggest Rock and Roll appeal of them all. His music was basic Rock full of lunch pail work ethic and became standards in bars across America. Although the bulk of Thorogood’s recordings were the reworking of older Blues songs, his music felt like pure Rock and Roll. If the Hall goes by the Rock and Roll emotions emitted by the songs as opposed to the belief that he went against standard Blues procedure, the rebellious Rock star could get inducted.





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Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Wilmington, DE)


Nominated In:



Why He Will Get In:

He is just successful enough to not be out of place.


Why He Won’t Get In:

He has been critically disrespected throughout his career.


Essential Albums:

George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1977)

Move It On Over (1978)

Bad to the Bone (1982)

Maverick (1985)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (From George Thorogood and the Destroyers, 1977)

Move It On Over (From Move It On Over, 1978)

Who Do You Love (From Move It On Over, 1978)

Bad to the Bone (From Bad to the Bone, 1982)

I Drink Alone (From Maverick, 1985)

Should George Thorogood be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 25%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 37.5%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 37.5%
Last modified on Sunday, 18 January 2015 15:39


0 #1 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
Tough one here. Legacy will last forever. Solid popularity. it all kind of comes down to talent on this one. Is he a one trick (and some say one note) pony? I don't know but man those songs all seem to run together! His straight ahead rock image and blues background will help. If i had to vote it woulld come down to who he against because obviously some are more deserving and some aren't. I think we would all agree on that one.
0 #2 P Smith 2013-01-29 13:35
Thorogood is to blues-rock what AC/DC are to hard rock: a group that makes the same record over and over, yet manages to maintain a level of popularity.

Thorogood's music is fun, but he is definitely a lightweight when it comes to material and impact on the music scene at large, much like Steve Miller. I'm a fan of all three groups mentioned, but I don't see any of them being worthy of canonization.

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