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Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Originally a hard-driving rocker in the vein of fellow Michigan garage rockers the Rationals and Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger developed into one of the most popular heartland rockers over the course of the '70s. Combining the driving charge of Ryder's Detroit Wheels with Stonesy garage rock and devotion to hard-edged soul and R&B, he crafted a distinctively American sound. While he never attained the critical respect of his contemporary Bruce Springsteen, Seger did develop a dedicated following through constant touring with his Silver Bullet Band. Following several years of missed chances and lost opportunities, Seger finally achieved a national audience in 1976 with the back-to-back release of Live Bullet and Night Moves. After the platinum success of those albums, Seger retained his popularity for the next two decades, releasing seven Top Ten, platinum-selling albums in a row.

Seger began playing music in 1961 as the leader of the Detroit-based trio the Decibels; his future manager, Eddie "Punch" Andrews was also a member of the band. Moving to Ann Arbor, he played with the Town Criers before he became the keyboardist and vocalist for Doug Brown & the Omens. Billing themselves as the Beach Bums, the band released "The Ballad of the Yellow Beret," a parody of the Sgt. Barry Sadler song "The Ballad of the Green Beret." The single was withdrawn shortly after its release after Sadler threatened a lawsuit. In 1966, Seger released his first solo single, "East Side Story," which became a regional hit. Several other local hit singles followed on Cameo Records, including "Persecution Smith" and "Heavy Music," before his label folded. In 1968, he formed the Bob Seger System and signed with Capitol Records, releasing his debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, in the spring of that year. The title track became a national hit, climbing to number 17, but the group's follow-up, Noah, stiffed and Seger decided to quit the music business at the end of 1969 to attend college.

By the end of the summer, Seger had returned to rock & roll with a new backing band, releasing Mongrel at the end of the year. For 1971's Brand New Morning, he disbanded his group and recorded a singer/songwriter effort. Following its release, he began performing with the duo Dave Teegarden and Skip "Van Winkle" Knape, and the duo provided support on 1972's Smokin' O.P.'s, which was the first release on Palladium Records, a label he formed with Andrews. The album failed to sell, as did Back in '72 (1973) and Seven (1974), and he moved back to Capitol Records for 1975's Beautiful Loser. For the recording of Beautiful Loser, Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band, which consisted of guitarist Drew Abbott, bassist Chris Campbell, keyboardist Robyn Robbins, saxophonist Alto Reed, and drummer Charlie Allen Martin. Seger supported Beautiful Loser with an extensive tour with the Silver Bullet Band, and while it didn't make the album a hit, it provided a widespread grassroots following across the country. The touring paid off in 1976, when Live Bullet, a double album recorded in Detroit, became a hit, spending over three years on the U.S. charts and going gold; the album would eventually go quadruple platinum.

The groundswell behind Live Bullet sent Seger's next studio album, Night Moves (1976), into the Top Ten early in 1977. Night Moves became a blockbuster, generating the hit singles "Night Moves," "Mainstreet," and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets." Stranger in Town, released in the summer 1978, was just as successful, featuring the hits "Still the Same," "Hollywood Nights," "We've Got Tonite," and "Old Time Rock & Roll." Stranger in Town confirming his status as one America's most popular rockers. Seger's next album, 1980's Against the Wind, became his first number one album and all of its big hits -- "Fire Lake," "Against the Wind," "You'll Accomp'ny Me" -- were ballads. The live album Nine Tonight continued his multi-platinum success in 1981, selling three million copies and peaking at number three.

Seger returned with The Distance in 1982. The Distance was the first album since Seven to be recorded with the addition of session musicians, which caused guitarist Abbott to quit the band in frustration. Over the course of the next decade, the membership of the Silver Bullet Band shifted constantly. While The Distance featured "Shame on the Moon," his biggest hit single to date, its sales plateaued at a million copies, suggesting that his popularity was beginning to level off. Seger also began to drastically reduce his recording and touring schedules -- he only released one other album, 1986's Like a Rock, during the '80s. Like a Rock and its supporting tour were both successes, paving the way for "Shakedown," a song taken from the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II, to become Seger's lone number one hit in 1987. Four years after its release, he returned with The Fire Inside. Although the album went platinum and reached the Top Ten, it only appealed to Seger's devoted following, as did 1995's It's a Mystery, which became his first album since Live Bullet to fail to go platinum, leveling off at gold status. In 2006, after an 11-year hiatus, Seger released Face the Promise. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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I have a long Detroit history..... i n c l u d i n g the burbs and AnnArbor. Used to hang out with Bob, drove around with boxes of his 45, East Side Story, in my car, taking them to radio stations to try to get them to play it....just because it touched me so deeply...... w a s dating one of the dj s who started WABX, the first undetrground fm station in Detroit....s t a r t e d a coffeehouse in the old Palladium building in Birmingham after Punch Andrews moved out of it....but... t h e r e ' s one thing I want to thro
alansmithcfl
Joe Walsh played my freshmen orientation dance at Kent State and nobody listened or cared because the new freshmen girls were more interesting! He came back four years later and sold out the entire Memorial Gym. Bob was the same way. Thought he was unbelievable instead of all the British crap we had shoved at us forever! Give me Big City Hard Rock everytime!
krudd3
I was lucky enough to grow up in and around Detroit. Whatever else you may say about it, the music was absolutely amazing the entire time I was growing up. From Motown to Detroit rock, there was a soundtrack to every day I remember. You can't buy that kind of education now. Seger is absolutely one of my heroes.
adhdraute
I agree with Seger, I like that old school rock and roll.
Bob Seger probably is one of the people he was most talent all throughout rock history!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
comptonscott 4 6
Thanks for wasting a comment Danceislife , this thing doesn't belong in the Bob Segar comments
I just turned 13 and prefer this to Justin Beiber and Demi Lovato any day!
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed by the love of your life on the
nearest possible Friday by the love of your life.
Tomorrow will be the best day of your life.
However if you don't post this you will die in 2
days. Now you've started reading so don't stop.
This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143
minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's
name will come on the screen in big letters.
This is so scary because it actually works
Roll me Away the best BS song
ferreira_c
Like a Rock hits you like a rock. Twenty years where they twenty years I don't know
One of the best bands of the 70's, when I was touring with the United States Marine Corps! Oooh Rah!
mernie29
Bob Seger is the man!!! Have LOVED him since the 70's. Have seen him twice - both times in Chicago. I have even named a dog after him (Seger) in the past! And yes alansmithcfl , Bob DOES blow away Springstein!
alansmithcfl
Bob blows away NY's hyped Springstein
Turn the page......Mi c h a e l ?
Love...love this song...Bob!

He was my first Rock Crush not only because he was HOT but Love Love Love his music! All time favorite ....years of enjoyment. Thank you, Bob!
You saw him?
Awesome concert
Thatwifi , I agree
id rather listen to this then all the "amazing" music we got now
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this do don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this so scary because it actually works
nice song bro
Saw Seger in Ann Arbor (U of M) on the same tour when they recorded Live Bullet in Cobo Hall. Same set list as the album. Blew me away - that concert gave me rhythm, taught me how to dance.
I like that old time rock and roll...story of my life
saw bob seger system that backed up the great Alvin Lee (god bless his soul) wild night in Hollywood Sportatorium 65000 inside.
Thank you Tirna Estep, he is great.
'Her Strut,' live. Bob Seger at his absolute best!!! - Great song by one of the 'greats !!!
Grew up with this guy. He's the Man anyday or anytime for me. Music lover Pam Gooch
Best man ever
Awesome!!! This song, Free Bird, Only GOD KNOWS WHY (KID ROCK) Will be played when I Die e that's a wrap.
ahdz27
Makes me want to dance
EAGLES!
Best music ever!<3
Best song ever!!!!
I like that old time rock and roll...read my bio
I never get tired of his music...I was a kid in the 70's & my buddies mom was obsessed with Bob Seger so it was always on...I'm sorta sick of hearing most classic rock but not him ( or Neil Young)
in 1977 Bob Seger was to play at Alfred State College in Alfred, NY the night before he was in Boston, Mass and was snowed in. They couldn't get the equipment to Alfred...... s h o w cancelled !!!!! But there is a silver lining to this story. In May of '77 Seger played in Erie Pa at the Erie Civic Center The building is no longer used for concerts but as I drive by it on my way to Cedar Point each summer on Rt 90 I can still hear him rockin out tunes..Great show with great friends, Art and Carolyn
This was my. Brother &. My favorite song Like a rock. I miss our. Friendship.
This was my brother & my favorite song. Linear ok. I,issnisfred s h i p
This was my bei
Fire Lake never gets old
Amazing song and what a talent! Bob has jammed for so long with so many beautiful songs. So many memories. Thank you Bob!
That voice!! The man is a R&R legend! Would have given anything (well, within reason) to see him 'live.'
Only Bob could do justice to a CCR song....
Hollywood Nights is a movie unto itself and some of the best drumming you'll hear
Bob Segar is the amazing. His songs just seem to know exactly how you're feeling. Hollywood night. Beautiful Loser is probably my favorite. and ye splease take the spams someplace else
ker.99
old time rock and roll. the BEESSTT�����
I'm with Jonathan Damato-- Take your spam chains somewhere else. Stop cluttering up space here. Leave space for people who have something worth saying.
milosdad
April 8, 1976. Bob Seger, Starz and Legs Diamond in San Antonio, Texas. Hell of a 15th birthday party.
A truly great song!
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