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George Thorogood band sued by former member


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George Thorogood & the Destroyers, the rock band known for the 1982 song "Bad to the Bone," was sued by a former member who claims he is being shortchanged in royalty payments.

Henry G. Carter, who sings and plays keyboard, guitar, and wind instruments, says in the suit filed June 30 in federal court in Delaware that he joined the band in 1979 and had been paid 20 percent of net record-sale royalties since the 1980s.

Since being "involuntarily released" by the Landenberg, Pa.-based band in 2003, Carter says he has received royalty checks "that are sporadic and inexplicably reduced by a 'management fee.'"

The band released a retrospective last year, "George Thorogood: 30 Years of Rock," under EMI Group Plc's Capitol Records Inc. label. It sold more than 500,000 copies and was named the top blues album of 2005 by Billboard Magazine, the lawsuit says.

The band didn't immediately return an e-mail seeking comment on the suit. Neither the band nor its management arm, Independent Productions Inc. of Landenberg, have listed telephone numbers.

CD Review: The Hard Stuff George Thorogood


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June 24, 2006
Richard Marcus

It was back in the late seventies, when you could still hear a variety of music on F.M. radio, that one night as I was getting ready for bed I heard this voice coming out of my radio that sounded like it had been around for a thousand years. I was really surprised to hear that the song "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" was from the first album of a guy named George Thorogood.

A year later I was sitting in front row seats in a small concert hall watching him lead his Destroyers through a set of high-powered blues originals and standards. He was like a ball of energy duck-walking across the stage while playing some incredible slide guitar. He was still in the public eye when he released his second collection of songs, including a brilliant cover of Hank Williams' "Move It On Over", but after that he seemed to fade out of my view.

You'd occasionally hear "Move It On Over" or "One Bourbon