Celebrating Seniors - George Thorogood is 65
Enjoy 3 great music videos from hard rocking bluesman George Thorogood, who turns 65 today, February 24.
He started playing guitar at age 20, in 1970...45 years later, he's still playing guitar (the electric Gibson 125 is his guitar of choice), harmonica, and singing lead vocals, touring "Badder Than Ever" with his band, the Delaware Destroyers (named after the state he was born in back in 1950). Together they've recorded over 20 albums and had numerous hits.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers in 1979 singing Move it on Over (a remake of the Hank Williams version), from their 2nd album of the same name - their first big hit:
Before committing completely to music, George Thorogood played semi-pro baseball as a second baseman in Delaware’s Roberto Clemente League, with centerfielder and eventual Destroyers drummer Jeff Simon on the same team. He's still a fan and cheers for the New York Mets. As George tells it in a 2013 interview for Rockcellar magazine, here's how he decided on a career in music vs baseball (or working for a living!):
"I was not good at manual labor. Every job I tried I was a failure; I was just not good at it. My parents said, "You can’t work and you can’t sleep in our basement for the rest of your life. You stay up all night; you look like a rock star.You dress like one and everybody thinks you’re a rock star. The only problem is you don’t play an instrument. If you can learn to play you can make it...You’ve got the lifestyle, you’ve got the look, you’ve got the attitude, and you’re lazy as hell. You wanna party all night. Get that guitar and get going".
"A mediocre, washed up rock star gets more women than a baseball player at the peak of his game. Also, music has much longer longevity than professional sports."
George Thorogood opened for The Rolling Stones in the 1981 U.S. tour, but his biggest break came with the 1982 monster hit Bad to the Bone, and he has never looked back. Bad to the Bone can be heard in many big-screen movies, television shows, advertisements, and on video games. Below, George Thorogood singing Bad to the Bone:
Today, when he's not on tour, George Thorogood lives in southern California with wife Marla (they married in July 1985) and daughter Rio (b. 1999) who also sings and plays guitar. George's take on life and aging in a 2013 interview for musicnerd.ca:
“Every day I get up and am still in a vertical position is good. Anything on top of that is just a bonus,” he laughs. “My wife is happy, my daughter is healthy and I got a gig. I have never been booed off a stage yet, I’ve never been in divorce court and my daughter tells me she loves me every day. I don’t need to listen to anything else otherwise.”
Below, George Thorogood performing One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer (1984).
Happy 65th Birthday, George Thorogood!