Ted Nugent is one of the more accomplished guitarists of the 20th and 21st centuries - not only as a solo artist but also for Amboy Dukes and Damn Yankees. He is a well-known and outspoken advocate for anti-drug, pro-hunting and conservative politics with numerous side projects including reality shows, radio programmes and books.
His career started in the 60s as a member of the psychedelic rock band, Amboy Dukes best known for the hit, Journey to the Center of Your Mind. The group released three albums but shortly disintegrated leaving Nugent in the end as the only remaining original member.
In the 70s, Nugent had more recognized fame with a parade of hits including Great White Buffalo, Stranglehold, Free For All, Wang Dang Sweet Poontang, Dog Eat Dog and Cat Scratch Fever. By this time, Nugent adopts the nickname “Motor City Madman” as a reflection of his reputation for showmanship at his over 200 live shows per year.
Despite the chart and arena sell-out success, Nugent had problems holding on to band members and eventually went bankrupt due to poor non-music related business decisions. He went on to form a 90s super group, Damn Yankees which consisted of band members from other notable acts like Night Ranger and Styx. The group had a hit with their first 1990 release, High Enough but the band dissolved after a second album.
Nugent returned to his solo career concentrating once again on live performances which he used on albums and to promote re-mastered material. His 1995 release Spirit of the Wild produced another hit in the form of Fred Bear. This song paid homage to a close friend and bow hunter of North America. He also stepped into the limelight for his more controversial political views. He continues to tour and recently released an album of new material called Love Grenade.
To date, Nugent has released more than 34 albums which have collectively sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Born December 13, 1949, in Redford Township, Mich.; married Sandra Jezowski, April, 1970 (deceased); married Shemane Deziel (a radio traffic reporter), December, 1988; children: Sasha Emma, Theodore Tobias.
Formed first band, the Lourds, at age 13; formed the Amboy Dukes in Chicago, Ill., 1965, group moved base of operations to Detroit, 1967, released first record, "Baby Please Don't Go," 1967, first album, The Amboy Dukes, 1968, group dissolved, 1975; solo career, 1975—; actor, including featured guest role in TV series "Miami Vice"; has made instructional video on bow hunting.
Addresses: Record company—Atlantic Records, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Other—3101 East Eisenhower #3 , Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
By 1984, however, Nugent had gotten the hint (and a new label) and joined the club with Penetrator and 1986's Little Miss Dangerous, which showed he could compete with his contemporaries. He had previously employed singers to cover the vocals while occassionally belting out a song or two himself. But on his 1988 release, If You Can't Lick 'Em ... Lick 'Em, Nugent handled all the lead vocals. Although he has not regained his former position in the heavy metal hierarchy, he is still indeed a dedicated guitarist to be reckoned with. "All I can say is that if I didn't have the ulterior diversions, with my hunting, my outdoor activities and my family, I would stay on the road 360 days a year," he told Gett. I've never felt anything less than outrageous enthusiasm for my music."
Ted Nugent, Epic, 1975.
Free For All, Epic, 1976.
Cat Scratch Fever, Epic, 1977.
Double Live Gonzo, Epic, 1977.
Weekend Warriors, Epic, 1978.
State of Shock, Epic, 1979
Scream Dream, Epic, 1980.
Great Gonzos/The Best of Ted Nugent, Epic, 1981.
Intensities in Ten Cities, 1981, CBS.
Penetrator, Atlantic, 1984.
Little Miss Dangerous, Atlantic, 1986.
If You Can't Lick 'Em ... Lick 'Em, Atlantic, 1988.
Sources: Juanita Appleby; Calen D. Stone
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