George Thorogood

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2002 (The 2003 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (1977)
Who Do You Love? (1978)
Bad to the Bone (1982)

George Thorogood @ Wikipedia

George Thorogood Videos

Will George Thorogood be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


30 comments so far (post your own)

Huh. Is there a case for this fellow, or is he a cartoon character kitsch act?

Posted by shawn on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 11:44am

Neither. He is not HHOF material but that doesn't mean he's bad. He's a meat and potatoes blues rocker, delivers energetic if unoriginal Bo Diddley-beat rock songs.

Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 08.17.07 @ 13:10pm

He'd better be. He totally deserves it. He gives 1000% all the time and I was so shocked to find out he wasn't even CONSIDERED. As well as perpetuation of rock and roll, he does that for MILES.

Posted by Mary on Sunday, 12.9.07 @ 20:03pm

They are one of the hardest working, hardest touring and most enduring bands out there.
Their shows are friggin' legendary and if you haven't seen them live, you haven't experienced George Thorogood.
Don't let Bad to the Bone and I Drink Alone sway your oppinion. Their shows are friggin' full-throttle energy, and in the '80s and early '90s, their shows blew the roof off all the places they went to.
Other bands may put out better albums but the Destroyers are, "One of the best live acts you'll ever see."-Bob Coburn from Rockline.

Posted by Adam on Wednesday, 12.26.07 @ 22:54pm

It's MOST DEFINITLY time for George Thorogood & The Destroyers to be inducted, past time in fact. They've been rockin' audiences for a long time w/my first show being in 1982 & never a disappointment after seeing them. Then there's those first 5 notes from that little tune that EVERYONE, even those who never heard of the band, recognize. "Bad To The Bone" is a classic for all time, written & played by GT+D.
How can they not be inducted in The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame?

Posted by Cheri on Monday, 03.3.08 @ 12:49pm

I've seen him & band in concert & you get all your money's worth.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 03.10.08 @ 08:16am

i have seen them perform 9 times never a bad show or bad performance

he deserved to go in long before alot of half-a** bands that have gone in that were ' popular ' in the 80's

the late Great Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble should go in the same year along with George

Posted by Glenn on Thursday, 03.27.08 @ 17:06pm

Yes, he should be inducted. You have to see this band live-they're absolutely fantastic and you get MORE than your money's worth. My husband and I saw them in Thunder Bay, Ontario this past weekend and they just blew everybody away. I would pay double the ticket price I just paid to go see them again. He's not only a fantastic musician, he's quite a character on stage and very entertaining.

Posted by Donna on Monday, 05.26.08 @ 19:30pm

Great player... I like him better than Stevie Ray...

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 09.17.08 @ 09:41am

Great player... I like him better than Stevie Ray...

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 09.17.08 @ 09:41am

That's one read mrxyz's posts anymore!!! He thinks Slim Whitman is the father of Heavy Metal...LOL!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Wednesday, 09.17.08 @ 19:03pm

George Thorogood & the Destroyers keep rock and roll music alive for me. There are plenty of great bands who will probably never be inducted as the evolution of rock music continues but that doesn't mean they didn't put out some cool music.
I'll always be waiting for more music from George Thorogood and be at as many concerts as possible.

Posted by Deb on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 12:21pm

George Thorogood & the Destroyers keep rock and roll music alive for me. There are plenty of great bands who will probably never be inducted as the evolution of rock music continues but that doesn't mean they didn't put out some cool music.
I'll always be waiting for more music from George Thorogood and be at as many concerts as possible.

Posted by Deb on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 12:21pm

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I agree he is great!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 10.16.08 @ 13:40pm

George Thorogood was one of the main performers keeping bluesy rock alive in the late '70s, early '80s. I don't understand why George isn't listed as an artist with his band the Delaware Destroyers. They had just as much to do with his career as George.

Posted by Dude Man on Friday, 07.3.09 @ 22:37pm

Dude should be in. For God sakes, just based on some of th recent inductions alone it's a no brainer.
For crying out loud, George was a lone voice in the 80's, keeping blues and rock true to it's roots as the quality of music went down image avenue on MTV.
This is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Madonna is NOT rock and roll. The RandRHOF has lost lots of credibility in recent years. Not inducting George is just one representation of the new commercial path the HOF seems to be basing its decisions on.
Put GTD in!

Posted by Brad on Monday, 03.22.10 @ 07:38am

It is an absolute disgrace that this balls out, kick ass, blast ass, phenomonal performer has not been inducted. His signature style is so straight ahead in your face rock and roll, it should be used as an example to define the genre. If they don't induct GT & TD, they are not legit!

Posted by Craig Bodkin on Friday, 10.8.10 @ 23:54pm

As George has said, " Rock is no good with out the Roll" One could also say theRock and Roll hall of Fame is no good with out George. In the 80's and 90's he single handedly kept the spirit of Rock and roll going. He keeps Chuck, Bo, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James in the forefront of his music introducing new fans to the history of Rock & Roll. Oh and his own songs deserve to be Hall worthy as well. You put J. Giels Band in...Ya gotta put in George.

Posted by Jonas on Wednesday, 10.20.10 @ 17:01pm

The Destroyers kept Rock & Roll from drowning in a sea of disco. During the mid to late 70's, things were a bit bleak. The Woodstock Nation had run it's course.

From the Madison Blues to the New Hawaiian Boogie George Thorogood & the Destroyers pumped on the collective chests of Rock & Roll and kept it going.

Many scoff at the simple nature of the Destroyers music, but WTF, its Rock & Roll not brain surgery. You go to show, listen to the music, laugh, get up and dance with your best girl and realize that that is what it's all about.

Posted by Dan martin on Thursday, 11.25.10 @ 20:52pm

Itís actually kinda sad that there is a perception of Thorogood as a novelty act. The fact of the matter is that the guy is a legendary blues man in his own right. People know him for his irreverent, uptempo songs about drinkiní and youthful rebellion. People know him for playing the same style of early rock & roll thatís been around since Chuck Berry and Little Richard were in their primes. But very few go past the surface and see just how stunningly good he is.

Heís not the flashiest guy. Itís an ensemble act. Itís George and The Destroyers, not just George. The Band is what you hear Ė not just a hotshot guitar player.

In the Mid Ď70s, mainstream rock was crap. Turn on the radio and you have to suffer through the likes of Fleetwood Mac. If you didnít have that, you had to suffer through disco. Or worse, the insufferable omphaloskepsis of Prog. The great bands of the early 70s Ė including even the mighty Led Zeppelin Ė were either disbanded, running on fumes, or well past their ďsell byĒ date.

People rejected mainstream crap in many ways. The most obvious was the explosion of punk. Yet what The Ramones wanted to do in their own way was revive an earlier time where Rock was still simple, good, and it still, well, rocked. Into this scene comes George Thorogood, who is doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. But instead of punk, heís going back to 3 chord blues rock. Itís easy to do. But itís EXTREMELY difficult to do well. Just look at ZZ Top if you want another example. And George does it very, very well, indeed.
Heís not the only one. The rise of AC/DC at the same time is not a coincidence. And what a great band they are Ė unless youíre more interested in naval gazing. Thereís a proud tradition that heís flying. Pretty much every rocker owes a debt to Chuck Berry, but bands like Thorogood, along with the Stones, ZZ Top, J Geils Band, AC/DC, and countless others all come in a direct evolutionary line from the master.

Itís also worth pointing out that Thorogood writes a surprising number of his own songs. You canít really be successful in the blues without reinterpreting the classics in your own style (and few have carved as unique a style as George). Yet most of the ďhitsĒ are songs that he wrote himself, and are unquestionably good enough to stand next to the legendary blues material he rework.

The thing that Thorogood gets no credit for, though, is that even when he slows it down, if anything, he gets even better. Some of his best songs werenít hits, but were slow blues like Iíll Change My Style, Blue Highway, and Wanted Man. To be honest, I think Iíd take his cover version of Kind Hearted Woman over anybodyís aside from Robert Johnson himself Ė and I include Eric Clapton in that statement.

Thorogood will never go into The Hall. That much is given. But he certainly should be in The Blues Hall of Fame. I guess at the end of the day, George is like the paintings of the Dogs Playing Poker. Itís the sort of thing elitist no-nothing critics find it very easy to turn their nose up at. Itís not ďrefinedĒ enough for their ďsophisticatedĒ taste. Nobodyís going to analyze the brush strokes of the Dogs Playing Poker. Yet itís been 100 years since they were painted and they still sell even better than a critical favorite like Norman Rockwell. Thereís an enduring quality. Itís never going to go away. Itís never going to be out of style because itís never going to be in style in the first place. Itís timeless.

Posted by Ralph on Thursday, 12.16.10 @ 09:29am

"Yet itís been 100 years since they were painted and they still sell even better than a critical favorite like Norman Rockwell."

Wow... you really know nothing about art-history or criticism do you? Norman Rockwell was never and still isn't a "critical favourite".

As for Thorogood, I like some of his stuff and I agree that he's too often written off as a novelty(ish) act. But the innovation/influence is nill. So you're case is essentially a swing-and-a-miss.

Posted by Chalkie on Thursday, 12.16.10 @ 09:50am

ive seen gt&d what freakin night i had a broken leg but george made the pain go away with those killer tunes!( the booze may have helped too) but still a great show.and i too believe SRV should go in at the same time.w/o these 2 guys i believe the music universe wouldnt be what it is today!i have to thank my father for giving my music ear w/o him i may have never heard about either one of these great musicians!SRV keep rockin upstairs and george keep the show going!!!!!

Posted by jeff on Wednesday, 05.11.11 @ 12:31pm

George thorogood and the Destroyers should be in. but why would he want to be in with The beastie boys. He is what rock n roll is all about. Talk about underrated they arent respected as blues artists or rock n roll artists. But they are definitely Bbbaaddd!!!

Posted by frosty wortman on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 00:18am

Have you ever considered that he might like and respect the Beastie Boys even if you don't?

Posted by DarinRG on Sunday, 12.11.11 @ 00:30am

OMG of course he is Hall of Fame worthy.
However, the Hall of Fame may not be worthy of him. I've loved his music for 35 years.

Posted by Larraine on Friday, 03.16.12 @ 12:43pm

I think so. But NOT before Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Seems RRHOF is also biased against the eighties blues rockers (as well as progressive rock and heavy metal).

Posted by Mosey A. Long on Thursday, 12.6.12 @ 14:17pm

I wish I can say he's HOF-worthy. But a lot of his classic/blues rock counterparts have still yet to get in. Great songs, never seen him live (yet). It still shocks me he's not in though despite the fact that a lot of people hum or sing his song 'Bad to the Bone' and a lot of media use it.

One of my favorite lyrics in rock and roll: 'They told me to get a haircut, and a get a REAL JOB!'

Posted by Jason Voigt on Thursday, 09.5.13 @ 16:03pm

I just to start out buying telling everyone that I'm from George thorogoods home town wich is Wilmington Delaware, first of all some of the artist who are inducted into the hall of fame don't really deserve induction, on the account that are not consider to be rock and roll music, we also have other bands that have been out a number years, including George thorogood and the delaware destroyers, and they have to keep waiting year after year to be told that they're gonna see an induction cermony, now as we all know that these older recording artist are getting older, what they need to do is start inducting the ones that need to be inducuded, and take out the ones that don't need to be there before the older members of these rock groups pass away, because they deserve reconisted for there work as a malti platinum group instead of being told to wait another year

Posted by floyd on Saturday, 02.21.15 @ 21:31pm

He is so much more deserving than many of the "rockers" in there. Madonna, Donna Summer...are you frigging kidding me?

Posted by Fred on Tuesday, 04.7.15 @ 15:27pm

He is old school roots rock and roll. Hard working amazing guitar player and distinctive voice. I will personally be upset if such a hard working constantly touring fir his fans at age 67 if he never makes it. Please vote him in.

Posted by John wyant on Saturday, 03.25.17 @ 03:46am

George Thorogood is what Rock n Roll is all about, he kicks ass, has a great distinctive voice and plays a guitar as well or better than anybody!

Posted by John Chappell on Saturday, 09.30.17 @ 17:48pm

John Can't agree more

Posted by Happy on Saturday, 09.30.17 @ 23:04pm

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