Stranglehold (Ted Nugent song)

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"Stranglehold"
Song by Ted Nugent
from the album Ted Nugent
ReleasedNovember 1975 (1975-11)(US)
March 1976 (1976-03)(UK) [1]
Recorded1975
Genre
Length8:26(album)
3:40(single)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
  • Ted Nugent
  • Rob Grange
Producer(s)

"Stranglehold" is the debut single and the first track from Ted Nugent's self-titled 1975 album. The vocals are by Derek St. Holmes. However, the "Sometimes you wanna get higher" verse is sung by Nugent. Nugent admits that the song was cowritten by Rob Grange, who received no share. [4]

Contents

"Stranglehold" is a guitar-driven track, over eight minutes long, and set the stage for Nugent's career. The guitar solo was recorded in a single take. “I used delays to create this really wild guitar duet with Ted," said producer Tom Werman. "It was like two guys were playing. I sent it off to Ted for his approval. He called me up and said, ‘I love what you did with Stranglehold, but don’t ever do that again without asking me.’” [5]

Reception

'Stranglehold' has been ranked 31st greatest guitar solo of all time by Guitar World . [6]

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