Couple moves into George Thorogood’s former Newark home
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.