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  • Real name : Theodore Nugent
  • Place of birth : Detroit
  • Date of birth : 13/12/1948

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  • Great White Buffalo
  • Motor City Madman
  • Nugent Ted
  • Ted
  • The Nuge
  • Tío Ted
  • Uncle Ted

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Ted Nugent (1948)

Theodore Nugent

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Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent is an American guitarist, musician, singer, author, reserve police officer, and activist. From Detroit, Michigan, he originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, before embarking on a lengthy solo career. He is also noted for his conservative political views and his ardent defense of hunting and gun ownership rights.

  Biography  

 early life
Nugent was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marion Dorothy (née Johnson) and Warren Henry Nugent. He moved to Palatine, Illinois as a teenager, and has two brothers: John and Jeffrey. Raised Catholic, Nugent has mentioned his ties with the Christian faith many times during interviews, and has stated that he regularly attends church. He attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

 career
Nugent has released more than 34 albums, and has sold a career total of 30 million records. He was known throughout his early career in the 1970s for using Fender amps, a large part of his signature sound, and for playing the hollow-body Gibson Byrdland guitar. Gibson Guitar Corporation has since developed a model named for him.

Performing since 1958, Nugent has been touring annually since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year (1967–73), 200 per year (1974–80), 150 (1981–89), 127 concerts in 1990, 162 concerts in 1991, 150 concerts in 1993, 180 in 1994, 166 in 1995, 81 in 1996, Summer Blitz '97, '98, Rock Never Stops '99, 133 concerts with KISS 2K. Nugent's 2005 plans involved a tour with country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith, whom Nugent met in Iraq while they were both performing in USO-sponsored shows for the coalition troops. Nugent toured with local Detroit musician Alex Winston during the summers of 2007 and 2008.

On July 4, 2008, at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, Ted Nugent played his 6,000th concert. Derek St. Holmes , Johnny Bee Badanjek , and Ted's guitar teacher from 1958 Joe Podorsek all jammed on stage with Ted for various tunes.

 Amboy Dukes

His first edition of The Amboy Dukes played at The Cellar, a teen dance club outside of Chicago in Arlington Heights, Illinois, starting in late 1965, while Nugent was a student at St. Viator High School. The Cellar's "house band" at the time had been the Shadows of Knight, although the Amboy Dukes eventually became a staple until the club's closing.

The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which featured lyrics written by the Dukes' second guitarist Steve Farmer. Nugent, an ardent anti-drug campaigner, has always claimed that he had no idea that this song was about drug use. The Amboy Dukes , Journey to the Center of the Mind and Migration — all recorded on the Mainstream label — sold moderately well. On April 4, 1968, Nugent along with a group of musicians paid tribute to Martin Luther King by having a folk, rock and blues jam session. Joni Mitchell played first, followed by Buddy Guy and Jimi Hendrix. Other musicians who participated were BB King and Al Kooper.

After settling down on a ranch in Michigan in 1973, Nugent signed a record deal with Frank Zappa's DiscReet Records label and recorded Call of the Wild. The following year, Tooth Fang & Claw (which contained the song "Great White Buffalo") established a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes. Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes. Nugent reunited with the other members of the Amboy Dukes at the 2009 Detroit Music Awards, which took place April 17, 2009. The psychedelic band received a distinguished achievement honor at the event. The Dukes also played together at the ceremony, marking their first public performance in more than 30 years. The Amboy Dukes were voted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame in 2008.

 Solo career

Nugent dropped the Amboy Dukes band name for good in 1975, and signed to Epic Records. Derek St. Holmes , Rob Grange and Clifford Davies were the primary additional band members for his classic 1970s multi-platinum albums: Ted Nugent , Free-for-All and Cat Scratch Fever . These albums produced the popular radio anthems "Hey Baby", "Stranglehold", "Dog Eat Dog", and "Cat Scratch Fever". It was during these three years that Nugent truly emerged as a guitar hero to thousands of young hard rock fans, many of whom were unaware of his lengthy apprenticeship with the Amboy Dukes. This band lineup toured extensively, also releasing the multi-platinum live album Double Live Gonzo!, until its breakup in 1978 when St. Holmes and Grange departed. St. Holmes was replaced by Charlie Huhn and Grange by Dave Kiswiney. Davies finally left around 1982 after staying on to record Weekend Warriors , State of Shock , Scream Dream and Intensities in 10 Cities .

On July 8, 1979, Ted was on the rock radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour. This was the original broadcast of Ted's performance of Live at Hammersmith '79 which had been recorded during the second set of a sold-out night at London's Hammersmith Odeon in 1979. An album of this program was released in 1997.

During this era, Nugent was notable for his frequent declarations that he did not drink alcoholic beverages or smoke tobacco or marijuana. In an interview for VH1's Behind The Music, Nugent said this was due to his father having sternly reprimanded him when he came home smelling of alcohol after a night of drinking. This was an unusual stance for a major rock performer of the 1970s, and Nugent has been cited as an important early influence on the straight edge movement, which disavows drinking and recreational drug use.

 Influences
Nugent has been praised for his playing style, and is cited as an influence by many other hard rock and heavy metal musicians. Nugent has cited his own musical influences as Vanilla Fudge, Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, Jimmy Page, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Yardbirds, Bo Diddley, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, The Animals, Little Richard, MC5, Frank Zappa, and Muddy Waters.

 Damn Yankees

During the period of 1982-89, Nugent released a series of moderately successful solo albums. In 1989, he formed the supergroup Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades , Tommy Shaw and Michael Cartellone . Damn Yankees was a hit, going multi-platinum in the U.S., thanks in no small part to the smash hit power ballad "High Enough". The video for this song featured Nugent in a priest's collar, and later in a zebra-striped cape during the guitar solo. It also saw the first appearance of his famous 'WhackMaster' hat.

 Back to solo
Returning to a solo career, Nugent released Spirit of the Wild in 1995, his best-reviewed album in quite some time. This album also marked the return of Derek St. Holmes to Nugent's studio band. A series of archival releases also came out in the 1990s, keeping Nugent's name in the national consciousness. He also began hosting a radio show in Detroit on WWBR-FM ("102.7 The Bear, Detroit's Rock Animal") and took ownership in several hunting-related businesses. He created TV shows for several networks; Wanted: Ted or Alive on Versus, Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild on PBS and The Outdoor Channel, as well as Surviving Nugent and Supergroup-Damnocracy on VH1. In 2006, Nugent was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

Ted Nugent appears on David Crowder Band's 2007 release, Remedy, playing guitar on the song "We Won't Be Quiet". He announced his "Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead" tour on April 21, 2010.

On March 14, 2011, Nugent released a new song, "I Still Believe", as a free download via his website to subscribers to his news letter. Nugent says of the song: "America is a target-rich environment for an independent man addicted to logic, truth and The American Way. 'I Still Believe' throttles the animal spirit of rugged individualism in pure MotorCity ultra high-energy rhythm and blues and rock and roll." In April 2011 Nugent announced that former frontman Derek St. Holmes would be joining his band for Nugent's I Still Believe Tour.

 personal life
In the late 1990s, Nugent began writing for various magazines. He has written for more than 20 publications and is the author of New York Times Best Seller God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll , Kill It and Grill It (co-authored with his wife, Shemane), BloodTrails II: The Truth About Bowhunting , and "Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto" .

In 1996 Nugent joined the WWBR-FM air staff. The Ted Nugent Morning Show on 102.7 FM in Detroit was a success. He and co-host Steve Black often shocked Detroit with their opinions and Nugent's unique method of delivering his ideas.

Nugent is a fan of the Detroit Pistons. He wore a Pistons shirt in the Damn Yankees music video for "Come Again". He is also a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and attends many games with his children and grandchildren.

 Family Values
He has had two wives and has eight children, including three out of wedlock in two liaisons almost 30 years apart. In the late 1960s, prior to his first marriage, Nugent fathered a boy, Ted and a girl, whom he gave up for adoption in infancy. This did not become public knowledge until 2010. The siblings were adopted separately and had no contact with one another. The son learned the identity of his birth father in 2010 through the daughter's quest to make contact with him and their birth parents. According to a news report, Nugent over the years had discussed the existence of these children with his other children.

In 2005 Nugent was involved in a legal battle for not paying enough child support for a child he had out of wedlock in 1995. It was finally resolved when Nugent was ordered to pay $3,500 in child support.

He was married to his first wife, Sandra Jezowski, from 1970 to 1979. They had three children, son Theodore Tobias "Toby" Nugent, and daughters Sasha and Starr Nugent. Sandra died in a car crash in 1982. His second marriage was to Shemane Deziel, whom he met while a guest on Detroit's WLLZ-FM, where she was a member of the news staff. They married on January 21, 1989. Together they have two children, son Rocco Winchester Nugent, and daughter Chantal Nugent.

In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old Hawaii native Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa's parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the "100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock".

 Hearing loss
Nugent also suffers from hearing loss. A November 2005 Rolling Stone article noted Nugent, among others, has publicly acknowledged hearing problems. "The ear's not too good, especially with background noise", he said in a 2007 interview. " that's a small price to pay. Believe me the journey was worth it."

politics
In 2007 and 2008, during a period of years when he publicly speculated about running for governor of Michigan, Nugent singled out prominent Democratic politicians for violent or vulgar rhetoric or gestures. At a concert on August 21, 2007, Nugent made controversial comments about Democratic Party presidential aspirants Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and California's senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. He complained, "Obama's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun." Referring to Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm (in office 2003-11), during performances he would frequently interject "Jennifer Granholm, kiss my ass" into his songs, and shoot an arrow at her likeness. In a 2007 interview, in discussing running for governor of Michigan, he stated that Granholm "is not doing an ugly job, but as the perfect woman, she is scrotumless".

Although Nugent has never run for government office, in the 2000s , he publicly speculated about doing so on several occasions. In May 2005, he announced he was "getting real close to deciding to run" for governor of Michigan in 2006, while in 2007, he talked about running for that office in 2010. During the latter period, he stated, "Michigan was once a great state. Michigan was a state that rewarded the entrepreneur and the most productive, work-ethic families of the state. Now the pimps and the whores and the welfare brats are basically the state's babies." Earlier, Nugent had been rumored to be under consideration by the Illinois Republican Party as its candidate in that state's 2004 Senate race, given his roots in Palatine, Illinois. In July 2008, Nugent declared "I was serious when I threatened to run for office in the past if I cannot find a candidate who respects the U.S. Constitution and our sacred Bill of Rights." When asked by Imagineer magazine in a 2010 interview about what he would do if elected to political office, he responded: "Slash the living hell out of the waste and corruption and the outrageous army of do-nothing bureaucrats. I would fire every government worker whose job I would deem to be redundant and wasteful. No able-bodied human being would ever get a handout again."

Nugent is a veteran supporter of Republican Party politicians. On July 17, 2008, during the presidential election season, shortly before the Republican presidential nominating convention, however, he stated that front-runner John McCain was "catering to a growing segment of soulless Americans who care less what they can do for their country, but whine louder and louder about what their country must do for them. That is both un-American and pathetic". As a longtime resident of Texas, he was a weekly contributor to the newspaper, the Waco Tribune-Herald until 2009. He has been a special deputy sheriff in Lake County, Michigan since 1982 and he also has been a reserve deputy constable in McLennan County, Texas.

According to an interview in The Independent he "considers homosexuality morally wrong" and is an outspoken supporter of the United States military. As a reward for entertaining US troops in Iraq in 2004, he visited Saddam Hussein's war room. "It was a glorious moment. It looked like something out of Star Wars. I saw his gold toilet. I shat in his bidet." Nugent also said: "Our failure has been not to Nagasaki them."

Nugent was initially scheduled to speak at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on August 28, 2010, but subsequently cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

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Name Duration Released
Spirit of the Buffalo 07:29 2007
EagleBrother 04:38 2007
Geronimo & Me 04:44 2007
Journey to the Center of the Mind 04:21 2007
Lay with Me 06:23 2007
Girl Scout Cookies 04:03 2007
Bridge over Troubled Daughters 03:36 2007
Funk U 04:00 2007
Broadside 03:36 2007
Still Raising Hell 03:21 2007
Stand 02:43 2007
Love Grenade 05:03 2007
Aborigine 03:22 2007
Soul Man 00:00 2006
At Home There 03:49 2002
Sexpot 03:11 2002
Damned If Ya Do 04:21 2002
My Baby Likes My Butter On Her Gritz 03:52 2002
Rawdogs and Warhogs 03:37 2002
Wang Dang Doodle 02:58 2002
Crave 06:19 2002
Goin Down Hard 04:13 2002
Pussywhipped 03:00 2002
I Won’t Go Away 05:32 2002
Change My Sex 03:03 2002
Cum N Gitya Sum-O-This 02:37 2002
KLSTRPHK 03:59 2001
Stranglehold/Smokescreen 10:29 1997
Thighraceous 03:48 02/05/1995
Kiss My Ass 03:20 02/05/1995
Hot or Cold 04:31 02/05/1995
Primitive Man 05:56 02/05/1995
Fred Bear 07:41 02/05/1995
Lovejacker 04:32 02/05/1995
Tooth, Fang & Claw 06:49 02/05/1995
I Shoot Back 03:50 02/05/1995
Spirit of the Wild 04:22 02/05/1995
Wrong Side of Town 05:15 02/05/1995
Heart & Soul 04:44 02/05/1995
Magic Party 02:42 1993
Gloria 06:07 1993
You Talk Sunshine, I Breathe Fire 02:43 1993
Can't Live With 'Em 04:19 02/1988
Bite the Hand 02:58 02/1988
Separate the Men from the Boys, Please 03:55 02/1988
The Harder They Come 03:39 02/1988
Spread Your Wings 05:59 02/1988
Funlover 04:45 02/1988
Skintight 03:10 02/1988
If You Can't Lick 'Em...Lick 'Em 06:10 02/1988
She Drives Me Crazy 02:45 02/1988
Little Miss Dangerous 04:50 03/1986
Painkiller 06:02 03/1986
Strangers 03:53 03/1986
Angry Young Man 03:57 03/1986
High Heels In Motion 03:35 03/1986
Take Me Away 03:14 03/1986
Little Red Book 03:06 03/1986
When Your Body Talks 03:16 03/1986
Crazy Ladies 03:43 03/1986
Savage Dancer 03:55 03/1986
Don't You Want My Love? 03:30 1984
Knockin' At Your Door 03:53 1984
Draw The Line 03:25 1984
Tied Up In Love 04:23 1984
Lean Mean R & R Machine 03:56 1984
Blame It On The Night 04:13 1984
No Man's Land 03:24 1984
Thunder Thighs 04:07 1984
Go Down Fighting 04:42 1984
Good and Ready 04:19 08/1982
Fightin' Words 03:59 08/1982
Habitual Offender 03:09 08/1982
Bound and Gagged 04:34 08/1982
No, No, No 03:39 08/1982
We're Gonna Rock Tonight 03:21 08/1982
Can't Stop Me Now 02:35 08/1982
Don't Push Me 02:34 08/1982
Ebony 04:26 08/1982
The Flying Lip Lock 04:07 1981
Heads Will Roll 04:07 1981
I Am A Predator 03:16 1981
Jailbait 05:15 1981
My Love Is Like A Tire Iron 05:48 1981
Spontaneous Combustion 03:53 1981
I Take No Prisoners 03:30 1981
Put Up Or Shut Up 03:21 1981
The TNT Overture 04:31 1981
Land Of A Thousand Dances 04:39 1981
Come and Get It 03:18 06/1980
Spit It Out 03:53 06/1980
Flesh and Blood 04:44 06/1980
Violent Love 02:54 06/1980
I Gotta Move 02:18 06/1980
Hard as Nails 03:39 06/1980
Scream Dream 03:18 06/1980
Wango Tango 04:50 06/1980
Terminus El Dorado 04:13 06/1980
Paralyzed 04:09 05/1979
Snake Charmer 03:19 05/1979
Bite Down Hard 03:21 05/1979
Satisfied 05:49 05/1979
I Want to Tell You 04:52 05/1979
State of Shock 03:22 05/1979
It Don't Matter 03:08 05/1979
Alone 05:20 05/1979
Take It or Leave It 04:07 05/1979
One Woman 04:04 09/1978
Need You Bad 04:19 09/1978
Good Friends and a Bottle of Wine 04:00 09/1978
Cruisin' 03:26 09/1978
Weekend Warriors 03:09 09/1978
Smokescreen 04:15 09/1978
Venom Soup 05:47 09/1978
Tight Spots 02:55 09/1978
I Got the Feelin 03:05 09/1978
Hibernation 16:55 01/1978
Great White Buffalo 06:21 01/1978
Baby Please Don't Go 05:55 01/1978
Gonzo 04:00 01/1978
Yank Me, Crank Me 04:29 01/1978
Cat Scratch Fever 03:41 05/1977
Fist Fightin' Son of a Gun 02:51 05/1977
A Thousand Knives 04:48 05/1977
Sweet Sally 02:34 05/1977
Workin' Hard, Playin' Hard 05:44 05/1977
Home Bound 04:43 05/1977
Live It Up 04:02 05/1977
Death by Misadventure 03:31 05/1977
Wang Dang Sweet Poontang 03:17 05/1977
Out of Control 03:27 05/1977
Dog Eat Dog 04:02 10/1976
Free-for-All 03:20 10/1976
I Love You So I Told You a Lie 03:47 10/1976
Hammerdown 04:07 10/1976
Light My Way 03:00 10/1976
Together 05:52 10/1976
Street Rats 03:36 10/1976
Turn It Up 03:36 10/1976
Writing on the Wall 07:08 10/1976
Hey Baby 04:00 09/1975
Stormtroopin' 03:07 09/1975
Queen of the Forest 03:34 09/1975
Stranglehold 08:22 09/1975
You Make Me Feel Right at Home 02:54 09/1975
Where Have You Been All My Life 04:04 09/1975
Motor City Madhouse 04:30 09/1975
Snakeskin Cowboys 04:38 09/1975
Just What the Doctor Ordered 03:43 09/1975
Below the Belt 07:03 07/1974
Rot Gut 02:45 07/1974
Renegade 03:33 07/1974
Ain't It the Truth 04:57 07/1974
Pony Express 05:21 07/1974
Sweet Revenge 04:06 07/1974
Call of the Wild 04:51 07/1974

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