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George Thorogood

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Guitarist George Thorogood once compared his music to diner fare, stating that customers do not mind eating cheeseburgers on a regular basis as long as they are good cheeseburgers. That sort of no-nonsense approach to rock-n-roll epitomized Thorogood's career, which focused on producing a slew of super-charged rock and blues tracks that drew influence from early 1950s records by such iconic artists as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Thorogood could rarely be accused of subtlety or originality - there was little variation in sound or material between hits like "Bad to the Bone," "I Drink Alone" and "Willie and the Hand Jive" and the rest of the material recorded over the course of his lengthy career - but then again, the same could be said about Berry, Diddley, Hooker and most early rock and blues performers. His connection to those founding fathers earned him a devoted following among rock traditionalists, though blues purists initially disregarded his output until the new millennium. Thorogood hit his peak in the 1980s with the aforementioned tracks, which received near-constant airplay on rock radio and in feature films, before he settled into the status of favored veteran, enjoying sizable audiences at his concerts while still mining hits on the blues listings. If Thorogood's music was the auditory equivalent of the cheeseburger, his ability to deliver the tastiest, greasiest version on command for over three decades earned him a place in the hearts of roots rockers everywhere.

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