Seger also co-wrote the Eagles ' number-one hit " Heartache Tonight ", and his recording of " Old Time Rock and Roll " was named one of the Songs of the Century in With a career spanning six decades, Seger has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He announced his farewell tour in September At age five, he moved with his family to Ann Arbor. He has an older brother, George. Seger's father, a medical technician for the Ford Motor Company , played several instruments and Seger was exposed to music from an early age.
He ran track and field in high school. Seger also went to Lincoln Park High School for a time. Regarding his early musical inspirations, Seger has stated, " Little Richard — he was the first one that really got to me.
Little Richard and, of course, Elvis Presley. Bob Seger arrived on the Detroit music scene in fronting a three-piece band called the Decibels.
The band included Seger on guitar, piano, keyboards, and vocals, Pete Stanger on guitar, and H. Hunter on drums. All of the members attended Ann Arbor High. As well as being Seger's first original song, "The Lonely One" was Seger's first song to be played on the radio, airing only once on an Ann Arbor radio station. The Town Criers, covering songs like " Louie Louie ", began gaining a steady following. Meanwhile, Seger was listening to James Brown and said that, for him and his friends, Live at the Apollo was their favorite record following its release in Seger was also widely influenced by the music of The Beatles , once they hit American shores in In general, he and local musician friends such as future Eagle Glenn Frey bought into the premises of s pop and rock radio, with its hook-driven hits; he later recalled himself and Frey thinking at the time, "You're nobody if you can't get on the radio.
Soon after its release, Sadler and his record label threatened Brown and his band with a lawsuit and the recording was withdrawn from the market. While Bob was a member of The Omens, he met his longtime manager Edward "Punch" Andrews , who at the time was partnered with Dave Leone running the Hideout franchise, which consisted of four club locations from Clawson to Rochester Hills, where local acts would play, and a small-scale record label.
Seger began writing and producing for other acts that Punch was managing, such as the Mama Cats and the Mushrooms with Frey.
Seger and Doug Brown were then approached by Punch and Leone to write a song for the Underdogs, another local band who recently had a hit with a song called "Man in the Glass". Seger contributed a song called " East Side Story ", which ultimately proved to be a failure for the Underdogs.
Seger decided to record "East Side Story" himself, and officially left the Omens though he did retain Doug Brown as a producer. It was actually a top hit in Canada, where it topped out on the national RPM charts at 82; in the US, it just missed the Hot , peaking on the "bubbling under" chart at The song would stay in Seger's live act for many years to come. After Cameo-Parkway folded, Seger and Punch began searching for a new label.
Seger felt that Capitol was more appropriate for his genre than Motown. Capitol changed the name of the band to The Bob Seger System. In the transition between labels, guitarist Carl Lagassa left the band and keyboard player Bob Schultz joined. The single was again a hit in Detroit and hit number 1 on radio stations in Buffalo, New York and Orlando, Florida ,  but went unnoticed almost everywhere else, and failed to chart nationally in the US.
The single did, however, make the Canadian national charts, peaking at It was a major hit in Michigan , and it also became Seger's first national hit, peaking at The song's success led to the release of an album of the same title in The Ramblin' Gamblin' Man album reached 62 on the Billboard pop albums chart.
Glenn Frey later in the Eagles had his first studio gig singing back-up and playing guitar on "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". Seger was unable to follow up this success. For the next album, singer-songwriter Tom Neme joined The System, ultimately writing and singing the majority of the tunes featured, for which the group was heavily criticized.
The album, called Noah , failed to chart at all, leading Seger to briefly quit the music industry and attend college. He returned the following year and put out the System's final album, 's Mongrel , this time without Tom Neme. Bob Schultz left the band as well, being replaced by Dan Watson. Mongrel , with the powerful single " Lucifer ", was considered to be a strong album by many critics and Detroit fans, but failed to do well commercially.
For a short period of time following the breakup, Seger had ambitions to be a one-man act. The album was a commercial failure and led to Seger's departure from Capitol Records. Together they recorded Smokin' O.
The album reached on the Billboard In , Seger put out Back in '72 , recorded partly with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section , a renowned group of session musicians who had recorded with the likes of J. Cale and Aretha Franklin. Stranger In Town. Against The Wind. Live Bullet Remaster. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get free delivery with Amazon Prime.
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