By Henry Yates (Classic Rock)

2020 11 06 10 47 46

George Thorogood’s ode to brawlin’ and heart breakin’ Bad To The Bone was inspired by The Rolling Stones and almost recorded by Bo Diddley. Surprisingly, it was never a big hit.

In the summer of 1981, a white bluesman called George Thorogood, from Delaware, watched a Rolling Stones concert from the wings, and asked himself what they had that he didn’t. 

Thorogood and his band – at that time drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Bill Blough – had enjoyed sufficient success with their debut album to be invited to open for the Stones on that US tour. Unfortunately, Thorogood’s schoolboy fantasy was being soured by the muted audience reaction to his set of blues standards.