Ted Nugent Explains The Importance Of ‘Stranglehold’

Ted Nugent spoke in a recent episode of The Nightly Nuge and remembered when he first performed his breakthrough hit ‘Stranglehold,’ explaining its importance.

In 1975, Ted Nugent signed to Epic Records and began working with Rob Grange from the Amboy Dukes lineup, Derek St. Holmes, and Clifford Davies. Together, they released Nugent’s 1970s multi-platinum albums, 1975’s ‘Ted Nugent,’ 1976’s ‘Free-For-All,’ and 1977 hit ‘Cat Scratch Fever.’

These three albums spawned several hit songs, becoming popular radio anthems. ‘Stranglehold’ appeared in Nugent’s self-titled debut album and featured a guitar solo recorded in a single take. Besides, it showcased Nugent’s musicianship and made a breakthrough for the musician.

In a recent episode of The Nightly Nuge, Ted Nugent recalled the time he first played ‘Stranglehold.’ Nugent said that it was October 1967, and he was with Steve Booker and John Souther. According to the musician, they got together after a show at the Grande Ballroom and began jamming in a church.

Nugent said he had been hunting that weekend, so he felt the rush in his veins while playing ‘Stranglehold.’ He then admitted Booker and Souther were expecting him to play Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ a Beatles, Rolling Stones, or Little Richard song. However, he decided on ‘Stranglehold’ and began playing the guitar licks.

During the conversation, Ted Nugent said the following:

“It actually was 1967 when I first did the ‘Stranglehold’ lick. I just got off stage at the Grande Ballroom, and I got was with Steve Booker and John Souther. We jammed in a church, and I plugged into the amp they had with one of my Byrdlands.

It was in October, and I had been hunting that weekend. So I lived that primal scream, that tooth, fang, and law, down to earth, grounded, the celebration of God’s miraculous creation, hands-on with my bow and arrow at Manistee National Forest, 1967. I’ve been doing that my whole life, including this morning.”

He then continued:

“When I grabbed the guitar, Steve Booker, incredible virtuoso, and John Souther, incredible virtuoso, they said, ‘Well, what do you want to play? Will we play ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ a Beatles song, a Rolling Stones song, or a Little Richard song? But I happen to go with ‘Stranglehold.'”

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