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George Thorogood and the Destroyers (album)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers is the self-titled debut album by American blues rock band George Thorogood and the Destroyers, released in 1977. Consisting mostly of covers of blues hits, it includes a medley of John Lee Hooker's "House Rent Boogie" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer",[3] the latter a song written by Rudy Toombs for Amos Milburn, and later covered by Hooker.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober, 1977
StudioDimension Sound Studios, Boston, Massachusetts
GenreBlues rock, boogie rock
George Thorogood and the Destroyers chronology
George Thorogood and the Destroyers
Move It On Over
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

In 2015 Rounder released George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers,[4] a new remix of the album featuring the three-piece band as originally recorded and mixed. It omits the bass overdubs by Billy Blough, which were added after the original recording sessions. It also adds the previously unreleased Elmore James track "Goodbye Baby".


Track listingEdit

The track listing of the original release is as follows:

  1. "You Got to Lose" (Earl Hooker) – 3:15
  2. "Madison Blues" (Elmore James) – 4:24
  3. "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (John Lee Hooker)[5] – 8:20
  4. "Kind Hearted Woman" (Robert Johnson) – 3:48
  5. "Can't Stop Lovin'" (E. James) – 3:04
  6. "Ride On Josephine" (Ellas McDaniel) – 4:17
  7. "Homesick Boy" (George Thorogood) – 3:02
  8. "John Hardy" (Traditional) – 3:18
  9. "I'll Change My Style" (William Parker, Manuel Villa) – 3:57
  10. "Delaware Slide" (Thorogood) – 7:45
  11. 'Goodbye Baby' (E. James) - 3:27 (2015 remix only)





  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "George Thorogood & the Destroyers - George Thorogood & the Destroyers,George Thorogood | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-14.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: T". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 16, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Poling, Dean (March 19, 2010). "Bad to the Funny Bone: A Strange Conversation with George Thorogood". Valdosta Daily Times. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "George Thorogood And The Delaware Destroyers".
  5. ^ The song is titled "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" but is a medley of that tune preceded by "House Rent Boogie", also called "John L's House Rent Boogie". The songwriter is credited as John Lee Hooker, who was indeed the author of "House Rent Boogie". John Lee Hooker's version of the "One Bourbon" half of the medley was used by Thorogood and Rudy Toombs, the writer of the original "One Bourbon" was not credited on the album.