Born to Charlotte and Stewart Seger in Detroit, Michigan, Bob Seger was introduced to music at an early age by his father who was a multi-instrumentalist. As he grew up, the love for music in him grew which led the future CMT Music Award winner to take his first steps in the industry. During his career, Bob has achieved huge milestones and has also come out with multiple hit records like, ‘Seven’ and ‘Beautiful Loser’ out of which the latter was awarded double platinum certification in the United States.
After flying under the radar for eight years, Seger made his comeback in 2014 with his album, ‘Ride Out.’ The record received positive reviews from publications like, the Rolling Stone, the Chicago Tribune, The Chronicle and the Daily News.
Seger can now be seen on tour with The Silver Bullet Band. To watch their performance, you can get your Bob Seger tickets from here.
Early Life and Influences
In his early years, Bob Seger used to listen to, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and The Miracles. As far as his influences are concerned, he stated, “Little Richard – he was the first one that really got to me. Little Richard and, of course, Elvis Presley." Bob has cited The Beatles as an influence as well.
Bob Seger discovered his vocal talent when he was four years old. He recalls,
‘I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover by Art Mooney is the first song I ever sang for my parents. I was four years old, sitting in the back seat of our '49 Buick Roadmaster. They were in stunned silence, then they said, "He can sing!" That was the moment I knew.”
In 1961, he decided to pursue music as a career and became the lead member of the three-piece group, The Decibels. The trio recorded a demo song at the Del Shannon’s studio called, The Lonely One.
Unfortunately, the band disbanded which led to Seger joining the Town Criers. As the band started to gain popularity, Bob left the group and became a part of Dough Brown & The Omens. He soon formed his own band, Bob Seger and The Heard. It was there he recorded the song, East Side Story. The track became a huge success in the city of Detroit where it went on to sell over fifty thousand copies. It also caught the attention of many record labels including, Capitol Records who signed the group and changed its name to, The Bob Seger System.
The era of The Bob Seger System began in the late 60s. The group churned out a total of three studio albums before Bob decided to go solo.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Apart from focusing on his solo journey, Bob Seger also formed The Silver Bullet Band in 1974. He broke into mainstream in 1976 when he and his group released the album, ‘Night Moves’. The record was well received all around the globe and it helped Seger develop a loyal fan following. In addition, the album was certified platinum six times by the RIAA whereas in Canada, it went platinum three times. The title-track of the record also became popular and featured in an episode of the television show, ‘Supernatural.’
This was just the beginning for the Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band as they continued to enthrall rock n’ roll fans. They soon released genre defining studio efforts, ‘Stranger in Town’ and ‘Against the Wind’ in 1978 and 1980 respectively. These two albums sold millions of copies worldwide and were approved by the critics. Moreover, the latter also earned the group a Grammy Award for, ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’ in 1980.
From the start of the 1980s till the mid of 1990s, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band spawned four more records which brought them a lot of success, ‘The Distance,’ ‘Like a Rock,’ ‘The Fire Inside’ and ‘It’s a Mystery.’ Since then, Bob hasn’t put out any new music with his group. In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Notable Work and Album Release
As a solo artist, Bob Seger has recorded many famous albums such as, ‘Smokin’ O.P.’s’ and ‘Back in ’72.’ After his last record with The Silver Bullet Band, ‘It’s a Mystery’ hit the shelves in 1995, Seger took some time off and resumed his career in 2006 by churning out his record, ‘Face the Promises.’ The album landed at the fourth spot on the Billboard 200 and recorded platinum level sales in the United States. It also became a major hit in Canada where it was certified gold. This LP received four stars from AllMusic.
It then took almost a decade for Bob Seger to release new material. His album, ‘Ride Out’ dropped in 2014 which landed at the third spot on the Billboard 200. The record was loaded with great tracks including, The Devil’s Right Hand, California Stars and Detroit Made out of which he performed the latter on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’
Besides studio LPs, Bob Seger has released two live albums, ‘Live Bullet’ and ‘Nine Tonight’ both of which went multi-platinum in the U.S. In addition, he has also come out with five compilation records including, ‘Greatest Hits’ which was certified diamond by the RIAA.
Bob Seger – What’s Next
Bob Seger is a rock veteran who despite being 72 years old still loves to entertain fans with his electrifying performances. Earlier this year, he unveiled that he and The Silver Bullet Band will be heading out on, Runaway Train Tour. They are expected to perform plenty of shows in major cities throughout North America including in, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Atlanta, Houston and Dallas.
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