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(This is part of a series of blogs Ive been doing on some of the groups and on some of the perhaps lesser-known

songwriters and players behind some of rocks classic artists and songs. So far: Long John Baldry, Tony Joe White,
Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Johnny Rivers, The Rascals, Rick Nelson, Del
Shannon,Badfinger, Bob Marley, etc.)


BOB SEGER & HARD DRIVIN DETROIT ROCK
By Alan L. Chrisman
Bob Seger has just released his first album, Ride Out, in 8 years and its already in
the Top 10 of Billboards charts. I saw him recently perform on the Jimmy Kimmel
TV show and he had the whole house rockin! It was great to see whole new
generations exposed to his Old Time Rock n Roll.
Seger comes from a long line of rockers from Detroit. Of course, Detroit is known
musically for The Supremes and Motown, but it has equally created many great,
especially hard rockers, from Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels in the 60s
(Devil with A Blue Dress On, Jenny Take a Ride), The political band MC5 to
Grand Funk Railroad (Were An American Band) to punks Iggy Pop in the 70s &
80s.
Different cities seem to produce different sounds and Detroits and Segers music
reflects that tough working-class sound. For years, Seger played in various bands
and recorded for various small labels and became a local favorite. He even had an
early song, The Lonely One, produced by Del Shannon in 61. It wasnt until he
formed The Bob Seger System and signed with Capitol Records that he had his
first big hit, RamblinGamblin Man, in 1969, with Detroit friend and future
Eagle, Glen Frey, singing back-up. Seger then played briefly for Teagarden & Van
Winkle, who had a hit with, God, Love & RocknRoll in 71. He recorded the
album, Back in 72, with the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, who would
often play on his later albums, with the original version of his song, Turn The
Page. Another recommended , but hard to find album from this period, is his
third hard-rocking Bob Seger System LP in 1970, with the song, Lucifer, which
some critics say pre-dated Nirvana.
But it was when he formed the Silver Bullet Band and released the Live Bullet
album, recorded at Detroits Cobo Arena in 1976, that he finally began to take off
and began getting national attention. Some critics said it was one of the best live
albums. Then he had a big hit with his Night Moves album and song too, the
album also containing the smash, Rock n Roll Never Forgets. In 78, he
followed with the Stranger in Town album with hits: Still the Same, Hollywood
Nights and Weve Got Tonight.
In 1980, Seger released his classic LP, Against The Wind, backed up with The
Eagles Don Henley, Tim Schmit, and friend, Glen Frey( with whom he co-wrote
the Eagles song, Heartache Tonight). This album had several hit singles, the title
song, and Fire Lake and Youll Accompany Me, etc. He released Live Tonight
in 81 and Like a Rock in 86. His Greatest Hits has sold sold over 10 million copies.
He took a long break to raise his family, but recorded his most recent album,
before this new one, 2006s, Face the Promise, which sold well and showed he
was still popular. Seger re-released some of the songs from his olderalbums , like
Smokin O.P.s from 72 on his Early Seger, Vol.1 in 2009. He recorded a duet on
John Fogertys song, Wholl Stop the Rain, for Fogertys , Wrote a Song For
Everyone in 2013.
But The Man is back with his new, Ride Out, album now and helping us remember
that a great rocker and Old Time Rock n Roll is still timeless.
Bob Seger doing Old Time Rock n Roll, Live from Detroits Cobo Hall, 1983:
http://youtu.be/PQswfILThsY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQswfILThsY

Above: Bob Segers ClassicAgainst The Wind Lp and his latest 2014, Ride Out Lp