The Daily Cut: George Thorogood “Move It On Over”

George Thorogood: “Move It On Over”

ALBUM: Move It On Over

YEAR: 1978

WRITERS: Hank Williams

Although the song received hefty FM rock radio airplay at the time of its release and after, when it came out in 1978, there was no album rock radio chart in Billboard.

George Thorogood tells us he wasn’t really going for hits, radio or otherwise, when he recorded songs like Hank Williams‘s “Move It On Over.” To him, it was just another cover that helped fill up his live show, even though it ended up becoming the title track of his second album. “I didn’t realize how many people were listening to me at the time. ‘Move It On Over’ again was just another song we had in our repertoire just to make our show longer in a bar. I mean we had our first set, maybe set and a half of material we showcased. People sat and listened. They got up and danced about halfway or three-quarters of the way through our second set. And the last set was always just songs you’ve heard before, or ones we didn’t really take that seriously. Songs like ‘Move It On Over.’”

George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ second album, 1978’s Move It On Over, was certified gold by the RIAA for half a million sales on July 18th, 1980.



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