Richest CelebritiesRock Stars
Net Worth:
$10 Million
Feb 24, 1950 (74 years old)
6 ft 1 in (1.87 m)
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Bandleader
United States of America
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  1. Early Life
  2. Career
  3. Personal Life

What is George Thorogood's Net Worth?

George Thorogood is an American musician, singer and songwriter who has a net worth of $10 million.

George Thorogood played semi-professional baseball before deciding to pursue a music career during the 1970s. He released his demo album, "Better Than the Rest", in 1979, five years after he recorded it. Before its release, he dropped his debut album, "George Thorogood & The Destroyers". He went on to release "Move It On Over" with the Destroyers. In 1981, Thorogood landed a gig on tour with The Rolling Stones and scored an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" a year later.

Thorogood released his most famous song to date, "Bad to the Bone", with EMI America Records in 1982. The song has gone to be featured in dozens of TV shows and movies, including "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", "Married… with Children", "Christine" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Since 1977, Thorogood has been part of 16 studio albums with the Destroyers, including five that were certified gold. He has sold over 15 million records worldwide.

Early Life

Thorogood was born on February 24, 1950 in Wilmington, Delaware. He grew up playing baseball and played semi-pro baseball as a second baseman during the 1970s. He also was very musical as a child and began playing the guitar at a young age. In high school, he befriended fellow musician, Jeff Simon, who played the drums.


Thorogood began playing music professionally as a solo performer and was heavily inspired by musicians like Robert Johnson, Elmore James, and John P. Hammond. In 1973, Thorogood formed a band with friend Jeff Simon called the Delaware Destroyers. They added additional players to the band and developed a sound that was a mixture of Chicago blues and rock and roll. They played their first shows in the Rathskeller bar at the University of Delaware and at Deer Park Tavern. After playing a number of shows, they decided to shorten their band name to the Destroyers. Thorogood was also working as a roadie for Hound Dog Taylor at the time to make extra money.

Thorogood's first demo, "Better Than the Rest," was recorded in 1974 but not released until 1979. Meanwhile, he released his debut album "George Thorogood and the Destroyers" in 1977. The following year, in 1978, he released his next album with the Destroyers called "Move It On Over." Some of the band's early successful songs included "Please Set a Date" and "Who Do You Love." At the time, the band was signed to Rounder Records, an early folk label. The Destroyers' success contributed to the rise of the label in the 1970s.

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During the late 1970s, Thorogood and the Destroyers were based in Boston. They had a very friendly relationship with the Washington D.C.-based blues band, The Nighthawks. One evening, the Destroyers were playing at the Cellar Door while The Nighthawks were playing across the street at Desperados. At midnight, both bands were playing a rendition of Elmore James's "Madison Blue." Thorogood left the club and met the lead guitarist of the other band, Jimmy Thackery, in the middle of the street. After exchanging guitar chords, each player then played the rest of the show with the other band. The Destroyers and The Nighthawks continued to have a friendly musical connection over the years. For example, in 1985, bass player for The Nighthawks, Jan Zukowski, joined Thorogood's set with Bo Diddley and Albert Collins at the Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While successful, neither Thorogood as a solo artist or with the Destroyers was considered mainstream. This changed in 1981 when the Destroyers joined the Rolling Stones as a support act during their 1981 tour. He also was the featured musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" in October of 1982. Throughout the 1980s, the Destroyers maintained a vigorous touring scheduling. They planned the "50/50" tour in 1981 in which they played shows in all 50 states in 50 days.

In 1982, Thorogood's contract with Rounder Records expired and he signed with EMI America Records. That year, he released the single and album of the same name, "Bad to the Bone." The Album went gold and the song became the band's most well-known, as it was used in many television shows, films, and commercials. The band went on to release two more gold albums, "Maverick" and "Born to Be Bad," in the 1980s. "Maverick" features Thorogood's only "Billboard Hot 100" hit, "I Drink Alone," which was a remake of the track by Johnny Otis called "Willie and the Hand Jive."

In the 1990s, Thorogood's mainstream popularity decreased. However, in 1992, he did have a hit with the track "Get a Haircut" which made it to the number 2 position on the "Billboard" rock track charts. The Destroyers released four albums in the 1990s – "Boogie People," "Haircut," "Rockin' My Life Away," and "Half a Boy/Half a Man." They continued making music throughout the 2000s, releasing three additional albums. In 2003, they released "Ride 'Til I Die" followed by "The Hard Stuff" in 2006. In 2009, they released the album "The Dirty Dozen" and "2120 South Michigan Ave." in 2011.

Thorogood released a solo album in 2017 called "Party of One." In March of 2020, he was inducted into the Mississippi Music Project Hall of Fame in Biloxi, Mississippi and was awarded the MMP Music Award for his lifelong commitment to the music industry.

Personal Life

Thorogood married Marla Raderman on July 16, 1985. They had one daughter together named Rio. In 2019, Marla passed away from ovarian cancer. While touring in April of 2023, Thorogood had to cancel the first leg of his 50th anniversary tour due to medical issues.

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