Legendary Michigan Songs

85.) Baby Please Don’t Go

Artist Name: The Amboy Dukes
Year Inducted: 2014

“Baby Please Don’t Go”  (J. Williams) – The Amboy Dukes;  Mainstream label,  # 106 Billboard Bubbling Under the Hot 100 – 1968.  Inducted in 2014.

Detroit-born Ted Nugent formed the Amboy Dukes following his father’s transfer to Chicago. Named after a defunct Detroit R&B band, Nugent claimed to have never heard of the street gang from Perth Amboy, New Jersey, whose name was made famous as the title of a 1950’s novel.

After making a name in Chicago, Nugent relocated the band to Detroit and, along with lead vocalist John Drake, put together a new lineup that quickly became one of the Motor City’s top bands. They signed with Mainstream Records in 1967 and recorded their self-titled debut album in just one night.

Their scalding version of “Baby Please Don’t Go” was released as the first single, and his propulsive beat and howling guitar sound raised the bar for Detroit rock and roll. The song was a big local hit and even made the national charts, reaching # 106 in Billboard in early 1968.

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