Discover the albums that changed Derek St. Holmes’ life

By Jeb Wright

Derek St. Holmes is the voice behind the classic Ted Nugent songs “Stranglehold,” “Hey Baby,” “Live It Up” and “Dog Eat Dog.” He recently reunited with Nugent to tour the country once again, cranking out the same Detroit city rock and roll that made him famous. Apparently, hanging with Uncle Teddy makes Derek a bit of a rebel. Instead of following the rules and giving us the traditional 10 Albums that changed his life, he turned his list up to 11 records. We suspect Nigel Tufnel would be proud.

B.B. King Rock Me Baby1. B.B. King, “Rock Me Baby
My dad bought me that album. It was the first time that I had heard a guy play the blues like that. B.B. was so polished, and it really got my attention.

2. Chuck Berry, “Mr. Rock ’n’ RollChuck Berry Mr. Rock 'n' Roll album
I was blown away with the way he was playing rock and roll. I thought it was coolest thing in the world, and it made me want to play guitar.

The Beatles Meet The Beatles3. The Beatles, “Meet The Beatles
I watched “The Ed Sullivan Show” like so many other people, and I was totally immersed in what was happening. It was a changing point in my life. I was a big John Lennon fan. Paul was great, but John was the revolutionary, and I liked that.

4. The Rolling Stones, “The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones album
When The Beatles got too pop for me, then I slipped into The Rolling Stones. Every Friday, my dad would come home with a record for me. I remember the day he brought the Stones home and hearing that music for the first time.

Marvin Gaye What's Going On album5. Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On”
I’m from Detroit, and I learned how to sing by sitting in the back of the car and trying to impress my older sister. This album was really a big deal for me, and I really learned a lot about singing from Marvin Gaye.

6. Cream, “Fresh CreamCream Fresh Cream album
I remember hearing “I’m So Glad” for the first time, and it really made a huge impression on me.

Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced7. Jimi Hendrix, “Are You Experienced
This album was very important to me, because I had never heard anything like it. When I first heard Jimi Hendrix I was like, “Are you kidding me?” I remember trying to use feedback on my amp in my bedroom and figuring out the beginning to “Foxey Lady.”

8. Jeff Beck, “TruthJeff Beck Truth
Rod Stewart would not even stand out front when he started touring with Jeff Beck. It took him a while to get comfortable enough to do that, which I find amazing, because he has such as strong voice.

Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I9. Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin I”
I remember clear as day hearing “Communication Breakdown” for the first time. I knew I had to go see that band live.

10. The MC5, “Kick Out The JamsMC5 Kick Out The Jams
I remember seeing these guys when they played at our high school. I was sitting cross-legged in front of the stage on the gymnasium floor, and it was heavy as hell. It was life changing.

Ted Nugent Ted Nugent album11. Ted Nugent, “Ted Nugent
I was a big fan of the song “Journey to The Center of The Mind.” I was thrilled when I found out I was going to get to sing and play with Ted Nugent on his first solo album. It changed my life forever.

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