21 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About…Bob Segar

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  1. “Come Go With Me” by the Del-Vikings (1957) was the first record he ever bought
  2. Began performing in Detroit in 1961 fronting a three-piece band called The Decibels.  All band members went to Ann Arbor High School together
  3. Seger’s original song “The Lonely One” was his first to be played on the radio; it aired only once on an Ann Arbor station
  4. When Seger was later a member of Doug Brown and the Omens, they recorded a parody of the Barry Sadler hit “Ballad of the Green Berets.” Their version was titled “Ballad of the Yellow Beret,” which mocked draft dodgers.  The recording was withdrawn from the market after Sadler threatened a lawsuit
  5. Seger’s first Detroit hit was his song “East Side Story,” which sold 50,000 copies and led to his first major label recording contract
  6. Bob Seger and the Last Heard were offered a contract with Motown, but chose Capitol even though their offer was less than the legendary hometown label because he thought it was a better fit
  7. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2001bobsegersongwritershof
  8. Glenn Frey’s first studio gig was singing backup and playing guitar on “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” which hit #1 song in Detroit and #17 nationally. A couple decades later, Frey as a member of the Eagles would co-write their #1 hit “Heartache Tonight” with Seger
  9. Seger quit music to attend college after his second album “Noah” failed to chart
  10. He was so popular in Detroit in 1976, that he played in front of 80,000 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, but was a different story outside of his home state- he played the next night for less than 1000 fans in Chicago
  11. Critic Dave Marsh wrote  the album “Live Bullet” is ‘one of the best live albums ever made”
  12. Kenny Rogers’ and Sheena Easton’s 1983 cover of “We’ve Got Tonight” hit #1 on both the Country and Adult Contemporary charts.
  13. “Old Time Rock and Roll” was a modest hit when originally released, but it wasn’t until the song was used in the now-infamous Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear scene in “Risky Business” that it was re-released and became a major hit and a wedding reception and karaoke standard

Tom-Cruise-Risky-Business-Dancebobsegeroldtime rockandroll14. “Old Time Rock and Roll,” named one of the “Songs of the Century” in 2001, is the second most played Jukebox single of all-time surpassed only by Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”

15. “Shame on the Moon” was his biggest chart position single landing at #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts.  The song peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 pop chart for four weeks with the songs “Baby Come to Me” by James Ingram and Patti Austin and “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson preventing it from achieving the #1 spot.  “Shame on the Moon” was also a #15 country hit

16. Even though “Like a Rock” was a radio hit, the song is best known for being used in the Chevrolet television advertising campaign, which he authorized to support struggling Detroit autoworkers

17. “Shakedown,” co-written by Seger,  was originally supposed to be recorded by Glenn Frey for the “Beverly Hills Cop II” soundtrack. Frey lost his voice prior to the recording session and asked Seger if would record the song.  Seger’s version was a hit and received an Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category.

18. His 1982 “The Distance” album was belatedly released on 8-Track after Seger insisted Capitol release it on the defunct format since he believed many of his fans still had 8-track players in their cars

19. After his record sales and radio airplay slowed in the 90s and grunge, glam metal and alternative rock became popular, Seger took 10 years off from music to spend time with his wife and two kids

20.  He won the prestigious Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race in 2001 and 2002 aboard his 52-foot sailboat “Lighning”

21.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed May 28, 2011 as Bob Seger Day “for his more than 50 years of sharing his celebrated musical talents with fans all over the world”

Check out Bob Seger’s great December 16, 2014 performance of “All the Roads” from his new album “Ride Out” on “The Late Show with David Letterman”


Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band will be performing January 29 at Nationwide Arena as part of the “Ride Out” tour with very special guests J. Geils Band.  For more information, go to www.NationwideArena.com


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