Nugent was born on Dec. 13, 1948. He started playing the guitar
at age six and was
self taught till later when he had formal lessons. At age 14 he
started his first band "The Lourds".
With their popularity at the Michigan state fair, they were given
the opportunity to open for the
The Beau Bummels and The Supremes.That same year Nugent, moved
to Chicago where he
fronted the band The Amboy Dukes.
he graduated high school in 1967, Nugent moved back to Detroit,
recruiting members for The Amboy Dukes. Within three months, the
band signed with
Mainstream records and released their self-titled debut album.
The next year, they recieved
national recognition with the single,"Journey to the center
of the mind," which reached NO. 8
on the pop charts. In the early 70's the bands 300+ concerts a
year didn't stop them from
recording. With the aid of props, wardrobe, pyrotechnics, and
live animals, their concerts
approached operatic dimensions. With Nugent's massive popularity
and outspoken charm The
Amboy Dukes soon renamed, Ted Nugent and The Amboy Dukes.
1975 Ted Nugent broke away from The Amboy Dukes and started a
Now recording with Epic Records, he recorded his first solo album,
"Ted Nugent", with hits
like, "Stranglehold" and "Hey Baby." In 1977
he released his most successful album to date
"Cat Scratch Fever."
the early 80's, Ted Nugent's popularity dwindled. After leaving
the spotlight for a few
years, he released two pretty successful albums, Penetrator(1984),
and Little Miss Dangerous(1986).
In 1989 he teamed up with Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades to form the
band "The Damn Yankees."
avid hunter and political activist, Ted's outspoken thoughts on
guns and freedom took a toll on
his success in the 90's. In 1995 he resumed his solo career and
released "Spirit of the Wild," in
which he expressed his deeply held political beliefs on hunting
the summer of 2000, Ted opened 79 sold-out concerts on the KISS
farewell tour. In that
same year he published a book of essays titled," God, Guns
and Rock & Roll." Also he
serves on more than two-dozen political and charitable associations,
including the NRA
and Mothers against Drunk Driving.