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Ted Nugent

Inducted April 13, 2007


Theodore Anthony "Ted” Nugent was born December 13, 1948. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Marion Dorothy and Warren Henry Nugent. Nugent's father was an Army staff sergeant, and he was raised in a very strict household. He moved to Palatine, Illinois, as a teenager, and has two brothers: John and Jeffrey, and a sister, Kathy. He attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois and William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, where he dropped out his freshman year. Nugent has released more than 30 albums and has sold over 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. Performing since 1958, Nugent has been touring annually since 1967. Nugent initially gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. His hits, mostly coming in the 1970s, such as “Stranglehold," "Cat Scratch Fever," "Wango Tango," and "Great White Buffalo," as well as his 1960s Amboy Dukes hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind," remain popular today.


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The Royal High Boys
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Ted Nugent was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and started performing in 1958 at age 10. He played in a group called The Royal High Boys from 1960 to 1962 and later in a group named The Lourds, where he first met future Amboy Dukes lead vocalist John Drake. Nugent played with The Lourds until his family moved to Illinois in 1964

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