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Celebrity Then And Now
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Ted Nugent

Famous For:
Stranglehold, Cat Scratch Fever, Fred Bear
Birthdate:
December 13, 1948
Famous Years:
1974 - Present
Currently Known For:
Outspoken Political Views
Networth:
$20 Million
Ted Nugent



  Famous For:
Stranglehold, Cat Scratch Fever, Fred Bear

  Birthdate:
December 13, 1948

  Famous Years:
1974 - Present



  Currently Known For:
Outspoken Political Views

  Networth:
$20 Million


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There are certain celebrities that stick around for many years after their height of fame due to their views and how they act. In the music world, Ted Nugent certainly fits that bill as he hasn’t released a single in 30 years. He last reached the top 50 on the U.S. Rock charts in 1986, and had his last mainstream hit way back in 1980. However, Nugent has remained in the public eye ever since then, thanks mainly to his political views. These views haven’t always been popular with the public, but it’s kept him in conversations for decades now.

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Nugent was born on December 13, 1948 in the town of Redford, Michigan outside of Detroit, and stayed in the area throughout much of his youth. During his teenage years, though, Nugent would spend a lot of time in Illinois, where he attended high school. While there, Nugent formed a band with several others called The Amboy Dukes when he was just 16 years old. Having found local success, it seemed that Nugent was set up for success, and headed back to the Detroit area in the early 1970s. As the head of the group, Nugent caught a lot of attention from record labels, and he became a solo act after singing with Epic Records in what would be the beginning of his career peak.

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Once he went solo, Nugent released his self-titled debut album in 1975 that reached the top 30 of the United States charts. The lead song from the album, “Stranglehold”, would end up being one of Nugent’s biggest hits to date. While it wasn’t a commercial success at first due to its length of more than eight minutes, it’s still a fan favorite that Nugent plays at nearly ever show, and gets quite a bit of radio play.

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Nugent then released four more albums during the second half of the 1970s with albums like “Weekend Warriors” and “State of Shock”. His biggest hit album during this time would be “Cat Scratch Fever”, which reached the number 17 spot on the charts. Of course, the name of the album would also be the name of Nugent’s most commercially successful song, as “Cat Scratch Fever” became a top 40 hit.

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The 1980s would prove to be just as beneficial for Nugent as the previous decade, as he released five albums, with all but one of them reaching the top 100. The biggest success of the bunch was 1980’s “Scream Dream”, featuring the hit “Wango Tango”. Other notable songs during this period included “Land of a Thousand Dances” and “The Flying Lip Lock”, making a wave on the rock charts.

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Heading into the 1990s, Nugent would form a supergroup with Tommy Shaw of Styx, Michael Cartellone (now with Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Jack Blades of Night Ranger. The group would become known as Damn Yankees, having formed officially in 1989 and releasing hit songs such as “High Enough” and “Where You Goin’ Now”. Once the group disbanded originally in the mid 1990s, Nugent was back to his solo career.

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Nugent doesn’t come out with albums as frequently as he used to, with just two over the past decade. In 2012, he released the album “Shutup & Jam!” which reached number 26 on the United States charts, and then followed it up in 2018 with “The Music Made Me Do It”. He hasn’t released a single since 1988, but that hasn’t stopped him from going on the road. Nugent remains busy on the road, having most recently gone on tour throughout the summer of 2018, including a stop nearby his hometown.

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Outside of the music world, Nugent has remained a staple on pop culture having spent a lot of time on television. This includes several reality shows, including ones such as “Surviving Nugent” and “Forever Wild”. Many of his appearances have focused on rural living, He no longer lives in Michigan, having moved down to Texas to start up ranch near the city of Waco. This type of lifestyle has become synonymous with Nugent’s persona.

Another thing that’s become synonymous with Nugent is his stance on a variation of political topics. Nugent has been highly outspoken about who he supports and who he opposes on the political stage, having pronounced a staunch right-wing system of beliefs. This has gotten him into some hot water throughout the years, and has even teased with the idea of entering into politics himself (similar to other Detroit-based rocker Kid Rock).

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While sometimes controversial, there are a lot of people interested in what Nugent has to say, which is why he’s brought on for many news programs to this day. When not sounding off about his personal beliefs, Nugent says that he likes to stay at home and take breaks in between writing music by practicing archery.

“At some point you’ve got to shut that insanity (of songwriting), that intensity, that intoxicating, grinding musical adventure, you have to learn to shut it down,” he said. After describing other rockers that died earlier in life, Nugent says if “all these dead artists would’ve just pursued the mystical flight of the arrow; to get away from the intensity of their creative art, if they’d had a bow and arrow instead of (drugs)...If they would’ve had the discipline of archery, they would all still be alive today.”

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Whether that’s scientifically true or not is still up for debate, but at 70 years old and still going strong, it’s hard to say that it hasn’t worked for Nugent. Still on tour and still making appearances, Nugent’s career of more than 50 years is almost unheard of in the rock genre.


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