Cou­ple moves into Ge­orge Thoro­good’s former Newark home

Cecil Whig - - & - By KARIE SIMMONS

Spe­cial from the Newark Post

— Kathy Col­li­son and Jim Shep­herd aren’t ex­actly Ge­orge Thoro­good su­per­fans, but they ap­pre­ci­ate a piece of Delaware his­tory when they see one.

The cou­ple re­cently pur­chased the ranch house at 330 W. Ch­est­nut Hill Road in Newark, which lo­cal mu­sic fans may know as the former home of rock ‘ n’ roll leg­end Ge­orge Thoro­good.

Col­li­son said they wanted to move for sev­eral rea­sons, and just fell in love


with the three-bed­room, two-bath­room home, as well as its lush back­yard.

“Where I lived in Chris­tiana, I lived in that house for 23 years,” she said. “It was time.”

“The Ge­orge Thoro­good back­story is cool, but that’s not why we bought the house,” Shep­herd added.

A mu­si­cian, singer and song­writer from Delaware, Thoro­good re­leased more than 20 al­bums and sold 15 mil­lion copies world­wide with this band, the Delaware De­stroy­ers. The group quickly be­came a sta­ple of 1980’s rock and con­tin­ues to tour and play mu­sic around the coun­try, like its pop­u­lar songs like “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone.”

Thoro­good first pur­chased the West Ch­est­nut Hill Road house in 1981, the year he went on tour with The Rolling Stones. He cur­rently re­sides in Cal­i­for­nia, and sold the house to fan Dave Wheeler, who lives just down the street. Wheeler used to watch Ge­orge Thoro­good play at The Deer Park Tav­ern when he was a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Delaware and didn’t want to see the mu­si­cian’s former house torn down by a de­vel­oper.

He spent five years ren­o­vat­ing the 1,525-square­foot home and put it on the mar­ket last sum­mer, hop­ing to sell it to a fan like him­self.

The home sits on a 0.6acre lot that backs up to woods. In front of the home by the road, sits a his­tor­i­cal marker in­di­cat­ing the rancher once be­longed to Ge­orge Thoro­good.

Shep­herd said sev­eral fans have stopped by the house to take pic­tures and chat since he and Col­li­son moved in in July. As long­time Delaware res­i­dents, they un­der­stand the hype.

Ge­orge Thoro­good was Col­li­son’s first con­cert, and Shep­herd grad­u­ated from Glas­gow High School in 1977, the year Thoro­good’s first al­bum “Ge­orge Thoro­good and the De­stroy­ers” was re­leased. He said he re­mem­bers when “Bad to the Bone” was a pop­u­lar song.

“It was on all the ra­dio sta­tions,” he said.

The cou­ple kept some of the mem­o­ra­bilia that came with the house, in­clud­ing a signed record and pick guard that cur­rently hang in the of­fice.

“It’s cool to own a piece of Delaware his­tory,” Col­li­son said.

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