There are many myths is Rock-N-Roll, like Gene Simmons had a piece of cow tongue add to his own tongue, Paul McCartney died during the “Abby Road” recordings and was replaced by a double or that Alice Cooper and Ozzy had a gross-out competition and to win Ozzy ate Cooper’s poop. Non of these are true. Here is a myth about Ted Nugent and Captain Kangaroo that is busted.

This morning as I was getting ready to come into the station Nancy asked me if Captain Kangaroo was Ted Nugent’s father. I laughed and asked where she heard that? She told me that a couple of girls at work were talking about it and they were sure it was true. No, I’m sorry, this is not true, nor is the myth that Mr. Green Jeans also from the Captain Kangaroo show is Ted Nugent’s father.



Captain Kangaroo was a children’s show that aired on CBS for almost 30 years, from 1955 to 1984. Bob Keeshan played the Captain for the entire run of the program and was the creator of the show. Captain Kangaroo took place in the “Treasure House” where the Captain would tell stories, meet guest and indulge in silly stunts with regular characters, both humans and puppets. One of those regulars was a guy named Mr. Green Jeans; he was played by Hugh “Lumpy” Brannum and no he is not Ted Nugent’s father.



Ted Nugent was born in Detroit to Marion Dorothy and Warren Henry Nugent. Ted’s father was an Army staff sergeant and at no time was in show business. When Ted was a teenager his father moved the family outside Chicago were Ted went to St. Viator High School.  In 1965, while in school, he started the band the Amboy Dukes and in 1968 they released “Journey to the Center of the Mind” the only hit from that project. In 1975 Ted took the Amboy Dukes part of the name off and just went with “Ted Nugent” and the rest is history as they say. I will say the myth about Ted blowing up a Maserati while driving in reverse in Europe is true.