Ted Nugent Was born on December 13, 1948, in Redford, Michigan to Marion Dorothy and Warren Henry Nugent. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan with his three siblings, two brothers, John and Jeffrey, and a sister, Kathy. When he was a teenager, they moved to Palatine, Illinois where he went to William Fremd High School. After his freshman year, he transferred to St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
His love for music has been clear since he first learned how to play music at six years old! When he was 14 years old, he started his very first band, The Lourds, who were amazing enough to win a contest to open for the Beau Brummels and the Supremes. When his family moved to Illinois, he joined a band called the Amboy Dukes.
When he graduated in 1967, he moved back to Detroit where he found new members for the Amboy Dukes and, in less than three months, they’d been signed by a recording studio, Mainstream Records. They quickly released their very first album which they titled after themselves. In the early 1970s, the Amboy Dukes were recording new music while averaging 300 concerts every year! It didn’t take long before the band was officially renamed Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes.
In 1975, Ted broke off from the rest of the band and went solo. He received a new recording contract from Epic Records and released his first major singles such as “Hey Baby” and “Strangle Hold.” In 1977, he released his most successful album ever, Cat Scratch Fever. Some of his biggest hits, “Cat Scratch Fever”, “Workin Hard, Playin Hard” and “Out of Control” were originally released on that album.
Over the next few decades, his fame would grow and wane as he came back into the spotlight before fading again. He then moved on to hosting reality television shows and acting in all sorts of television and movies! He’s been involved with “Miami Vice,” “That ‘70s Show,” and “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
Of course, Ted hasn’t given up his love for music and even now he still goes on tour and works on his music! We’re sure that there are many, many more years of shows and music to come from this amazing artist! Happy 69th Birthday, Ted, we wish you the best!