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Bob Seger

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Bob Seger Biography

Robert Clark "Bob" Seger (born May 6, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American rock musician who achieved his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s and whose music continues to be influential today.

Seger started his musical career in the 1960s in his native Ann Arbor, Michigan, soon after playing in and around Detroit as a singer and as the leader of first, Bob Seger and the Last Heard, and then, the Bob Seger System. He is best known for his work with the Silver Bullet Band, a group he formed in 1974. Seger is known as a workhorse midwestern roots-rocker who dealt with blue-collar themes and toured constantly in support of his frequent album releases. As such he is often dismissed as a poor man's Bruce Springsteen, though Seger's career as a professional musician predates Springsteen's by five years. Seger's successes paved the way for other heartland rockers including John Mellencamp and the Michael Stanley Band. Seger's early work is hard-rocking and shows the influence of fellow Michiganers Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels as well as pioneer rock-and-rollers such as Chuck Berry. Notable songs during this time were "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", "Get Out of Denver", and his classic take on life on the road, "Turn the Page" (later covered by Metallica). The Bob Seger System incarnation was essentially a Michigan proto-punk band not very unlike the SRC or the Frost. The Bob Seger System's song "2+2=?" is considered by some to be one of the most fiery anti-war songs ever written. Seger achieved a commercial breakthrough with his 1976 album Night Moves which featured several hits including the highly evocative title song. Subsequently Seger had success with rockers such as "Hollywood Nights" and mellower mid-tempo ballads such as "We've Got Tonight", "Fire Lake" (recorded 1979, and featured Don Henley and Glen Frey on backing vocals) and "Against the Wind". His most recognizable songs are almost certainly "Old Time Rock and Roll" (featured in the film Risky Business) and "Like a Rock" (most familiar to many younger Americans through its association with a long-running Chevrolet ad campaign). Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004. Also during 2004, Seger was working on his first new album in 10 years, titled Face the Promise; release of this disc is thought to be delayed until some time in 2005. Seger was recording at the same studio as 3 Doors Down when 3DD's manager asked if he would sing on their album. Seger and 3DD lead singer, Brad Arnold, both sing on "Landing In London" on the album Seventeen Days. The Encyclopedia of Rock And Roll stated that"His throaty,authoritative delivery is a pleasure to listen to,and the Silver Bullet Band is superb. Read Full Bio >>


Bob Seger Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
1988 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Won
1988 Academy Awards, USA Best Music, Original Song Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Nominated
1988 Golden Globes, USA Best Original Song - Motion Picture Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). Nominated
1987 Walk of Fame Recording Won
1981 Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Urban Cowboy (1980). Nominated

Bob Seger Trivia

  • His song "Like A Rock" was used for many years as theme music for Chevrolet truck commercials.
  • He and the Silver Bullet Band won a Grammy for Best Rock Duo or Group Performance in 1980.
  • A smooth-voiced vocalist from Detroit, Seger is also an accomplished songwriter. He is responisble for many hit rock songs inculding: "Night Moves", "Against The Wind", "Old Time Rock and Roll" and "Shakedown". He also co-wrote "Heartache Tonight" which was a #1 hit single for The Eagles.
  • His song "Old Time Rock and Roll," is used to great effect in a classic scene in the film "Risky Business."
  • For a while he was confused with singer Bruce Springsteen, because their singing voices are very similar, and both utilized saxophone players in their songs.


Bob Seger Photos

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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    Bob Seger on Face The Promise Tour

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