1950 – George Thorogood is born

A bluesman in the classic mold, George Thorogood was born in Wilmington, Delaware. (It is unknown whether or not the head nurse immediately recognised his badness upon his birth.) The middle of five children (with two older brothers and two younger sisters), he played sport in high school and considered going pro until he had a life-changing experience in 1970: he saw John P. Hammond play live.

After that, it was pretty much all about the music for him, although commercial success eluded him until people realised quite how awesome a song “Bad to the Bone” truly was, and started to use it in films and advertisements.

Referenced in:

Bad to the Bone — George Thorogood and the Destroyers

1962 – Bobby Fuller releases “You’re in Love”

Bobby Fuller was one of a generation of Texas-born rockers inspired by Buddy Holly. Fuller was a singer, songwriter and guitar player, who formed his own band, the Bobby Fuller Four. His first single was the double a-side of “You’re In love” and “Guess We’ll Fall In Love” in 1962.

The song that he is best known for, “I Fought The Law”, was a cover of a Sonny Curtis song – Fuller recorded two different versions of it, one in 1964 and one in 1965. The latter version was his single biggest hit, which reached the Top Ten on the charts shortly before his death in somewhat mysterious circumstances on July 16, 1966.

Referenced in:

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. — John Cougar Mellencamp