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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997.


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The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997. Nugent's 2005 plans include a tour with country music singer-songwriter Toby Keith, whom Nugent met in Iraq while they were both performing in USO-sponsored shows for the coalition troops. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. His was the #1 grossing tour act in the world in 1977, 1978, and 1979. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Performing professionally since 1958, Nugent has been touring nonstop yearly since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year 67-73, 200 per year 74-80, 150 81-89, 127 concerts in 1990, 162 concerts in 1991, 150 concerts in 1993, 180 in 1994, 166 in 1995, 81 in 1996, Summer Blitz '97, '98, Rock Never Stops 99, 133 concerts on #1 Tour in the World with KISS 2K. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. Army and police agencies nationwide, Nugent has been a sworn Michigan Deputy Sheriff since 1980, and was a guest speaker at International Law Enforcement Convention by invitation from Director of FBI William Webster, Attorney General Edwin Meese and President Ronald Reagan.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. A recipient of numerous commendations from state police, sheriff departments, FBI, DEA, U.S. Ted Nugent is an award-winning writer for over 20 publications, and author of New York Times best-seller "God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll" (July 2000). He continues to advocate his views on personal freedom on the lecture circuit, and as Editor/Publisher of Adventure Outdoors magazine. Nugent To date, he has released over 31 recordings, and sold over 35 million albums.

Even after moving to Texas, Ted stated in a Detroit Newspaper, he would return to run for Governor of Michigan, in the future. Nugent continues to own his property in Concord. He and his family had moved to Crawford, Texas in mid-2003. However in December 2004, he announced he would officially become a resident of Texas in 2005.

Nugent was a longtime resident of Concord, Michigan. During filming, Nugent injured himself with a chainsaw, requiring 44 stitches and a leg brace. In 2004, Nugent served as host of a VH1 reality television program, Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments, in which city dwellers moved to Nugent's Waco, Texas compound in order to survive such "backwoods" activities as building an outhouse and skinning a boar. Nugent created and produced the award-winning Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild PBS video series, raising in excess of $3,000,000 for PBS affiliates nationwide.

A longtime advocate of gun ownership rights, Nugent has served since 1995 on the board of directors of The National Rifle Association (NRA), of which he is a Life Member. An outspoken pro-hunting media crusader, Nugent conducts 5 -10 prime media interviews every week. Upset that he could not participate in the hunt, Nugent vowed to never set foot again in what he described as "an idiotic country". An avid hunter, Ted Nugent was a frequent visitor to Canada until the government of Ontario cancelled the spring black bear hunt in 1999.

Attracting attention for his commentary on issues ranging from gun control to biodiversity, Nugent is a regular guest on popular programs like Larry King, Howard Stern, Politically Incorrect and Rush Limbaugh. He also created and hosted an outdoors television show, also called Spirit of the Wild, that currently airs on The Outdoor Channel. A series of archival releases came out in the 1990s, keeping Nugent's name in the national consciousness; he also began hosting a radio show in Detroit and owns several hunting-related businesses. Returning to his solo career, Nugent released Spirit of the Wild, his best-reviewed album in quite some time.

Damn Yankees (1990) was a hit, but the group which sold 5 million albums from 1990-1993 was unable to sustain any momentum. Near the end of the decade, however, Nugent formed a supergroup, Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades (bass, vocals, formerly of Night Ranger), Tommy Shaw (guitar, vocals, formerly of Styx) and Michael Cartellone (drums). During the 1980s, Nugent released a series of generally ignored albums. Double Live Gonzo (1978) furthered his fame, though personality and financial problems continued to drive band members away.

Nugent had begun dressing as a caveman for live shows, which were growing more and more extravagant. Holmes returned for Cat Scratch Fever (1977); the album was another hit, as was the titular single. Holmes' departure from the band before the recording of Free For All (1976), with Meat Loaf, then unknown, replacing him. St. Personnel problems led to St.

Ted Nugent was his first solo release; the album was a success among the heavy metal community. Holmes (guitar, vocals), Rob Grange (bass) and Cliff Davies (drums) as his back-up. Ted Nugent dropped the band name and signed to Epic Records in 1975, with Derek St. His quote: “ but if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, , or I’d have killed all the Hippies in the foxholes… I would have killed everybody.”.

That spectacle won Nugent a deferment, he says. The last ten days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside pants caked with excrement and stained by his urine. In an interview for the Detroit Free Press July 15, 1990, Nugent described How he avoided the Draft: He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. Nugent avoided the draft during the Vietnam War.

Though the group's studio recordings rarely sold well, the band managed to keep a large following. The Amboy Dukes (1967), Journey to the Center of the Mind (1968) and Migration (1969) sold moderately well, establishing a fan base for Nugent and the other Amboy Dukes. Personnel changes nearly wrecked the band, which became known as Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes. The Amboy Dukes' second single was "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which Nugent claimed he didn't know was about drug use. He is also a spokesman for National Field Archers Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Big Brothers & Big Sisters.

He is a national spokesman for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (D.A.R.E.), advocating the natural highs to be found in an outdoor lifestyle, and for the past 15 years has hosted the Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids which combines a curriculum of hands-on hunting, conservation, archery, American history and a strong anti-drug message. Later, he became quite popular for his right-wing beliefs and his anti-drug and anti-alcohol stances. Ted Nugent (born December 13, 1948 aka the Nuge and "the Motor City Madman") is an American guitarist from Detroit, Michigan, originally gaining fame as a member of the Amboy Dukes.

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