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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 The single was withdrawn shortly after its release after Sadler threatened a lawsuit.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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Heyy Bobby! Your lookn 1979ihs home town! Who loves ya ? Me. The dawgman57!
Good a** song
This is my Life
Bob Seger will be in Dallas Feb 5th
gratefuldead
We're all #s
Growing up listening to Bob Segar is one of my favorite memories. My children now refer to Bob Segar as uncle Bob because they hear so much of his music when they are with me. They are in their 20's
I love Bob Seeger's music in the 70s.
mrothstein75
Didn't he play with muscle shoals rhythm section? No mention
Love Bob Seger , my all time favorite !!! I'm still running against the wind ....
What's the name of the black hair beauty with big brown eyes Bob is talking about in night moves
jmanglero he isn't dead
RIP Lone Ranger Bob Seger. May the lord have you in his rock & roll band at his side.
dragonlady60 8 8
Turn the page.....Bob is the best!
dragonlady60 8 8
Papoose....p l e a s e stop
J. Geils will be the opening act for selected dates. More dates will be added. Go to BobSeger.com for more details. Again the Bio should include my friend Craig Frost on Piano and Keyboards since 1980. As for the new girl on Violin. Bob dropped her due to conflicts in schedule. Alto will play her parts on Sax.
Bob Seger will release his new album Ride Out on Oct. 14. There will also be a Ride Out tour that will begin Nov. 18 in Saginaw, Mich., and end in Los Angeles. Tickets will go on sale Oct. 4.
I don't as a rule buy CD'S, but I have all of Bob Segar's.
old time rock n roll is true
I love him
Bob Seger you are simply amazing. Against The Wind is a classic...ti m e l e s s .
Just a classic love song
Kind of a weak Bio! No mention of Craig Frost on Piano and Organ since 1980. The Silver Bullets are Chris Campbell, Alto Reed and Craig Frost. The rest of the band is recruited and paid tour to tour. Bob is now practicing with the band getting ready for a November tour to promote his new album and has added a very hot violin player to his group.
how do we get rid of those spam/troll comments?
louisgootgel d
40 plus years thank you Bob Seger
Miss you DAD i know you are listening to i know you looking down at me you loved some Bob seger
swm4ubabe
Bob Seger is the man!!! I have nearly ever CD including Face The Promise
That was the year my daughter was born. In 1986
Bob Seger - Like a Rock ( Music Video ) - YouTube
www.youtube. c o m / w a t c h ? v = k e I v A 2 w S P Z c
Artists: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Bob Seger
Album: Like a Rock
Released: 1986
Now he looks a lot like my friend Donald Treloar that passed. Beautiful, beautiful guy.....I think he's still HOT. :-)
Like A Rock: I got to see Bob Seger in concert once. HE'S HOT. He sweats from his crotch. That' makes it even HOTTER. :-)
kshrum570
Timeless artist!
Great Song
Every small town girl in America that knew this song had the "Fire Down Below" at least more than one or two times while sitting in the car and making out with their boyfriend!!! Thank you Bob Segar <3
dlambert489
Seger kicks so much a$$.
Love it still
This crap they call music today can't hold a candle to Bob Seger...ther e ' s a message in his music.....
I'm so EXCITED Bob is still giving us more of what he does BEST!!!!!
papoose63
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 so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
Understandin g - love the lyrics
byrdman007
Bob Seger last of the great story tellers.
Love all �� seger tunes
carolina_mes s
Who needs tomorrow!?!?
stamm_mike
Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then is one of the greatest lyric lines ever written. The guy's a genius.
One of. my very favorite. Cds, Great LIVE. music!
This dude is too much good
God bless good classic rock and roll
On the road again. I don't know what I can I save. Bob Segar he's one hell of a singer
maeflower024
ph724 don't know u but don't say ur an a**hole!!!!
Turn the Page : This is a song about a Rock Stars REAL life. If you ever want to know what your favorite music artist has to go through. Check the lyrics. This is the real life of a musician.

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