43 Facts About Bob Seger


Robert Clark Bob Seger is an American singer, songwriter, and musician.

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Roots rocker with a classic raspy, powerful voice, Bob Seger wrote and recorded songs that dealt with love, women, and blue-collar themes, and is one of the best-known examples of a heartland rock artist.

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Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Bob Seger was born at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Charlotte and Stewart Bob Seger.

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Bob Seger was exposed to frequent arguments between his parents that disturbed the neighborhood at night.

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In 1956, when Bob Seger was 10 years old, his father abandoned the family and moved to California.

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Bob Seger attended Tappan Junior High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated in 1963 from Pioneer High School, known at the time as Ann Arbor High School.

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Bob Seger arrived on the Detroit music scene in 1961 fronting a three-piece band called the Decibels.

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Meanwhile, Bob Seger was listening to James Brown and said that, for him and his friends, Live at the Apollo was their favorite record following its release in 1963.

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Bob Seger was widely influenced by the music of The Beatles, once they hit American shores in 1964.

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Bob Seger later appeared on Doug Brown and The Omens' parody of Barry Sadler's song "Ballad of the Green Berets" which was re-titled "Ballad of the Yellow Beret" and mocked draft evaders.

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Bob Seger began writing and producing for other acts that Punch was managing, such as the Mama Cats and the Mushrooms .

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Bob Seger contributed a song called "East Side Story", which ultimately proved to be a failure for the Underdogs.

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Bob Seger decided to record "East Side Story" himself, and officially left the Omens .

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Bob Seger felt that Capitol was more appropriate for his genre than Motown.

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Bob Seger returned the following year and put out the System's final album, 1970's Mongrel, this time without Neme.

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Bob Seger Schultz left the band as well, being replaced by Dan Watson.

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Bob Seger System was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.

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In 1975, Bob Seger returned to Capitol Records and released the album Beautiful Loser, with help from the Silver Bullet Band on his cover of the Tina Turner penned "Nutbush City Limits".

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The next night, Bob Seger played before fewer than a thousand people in Chicago.

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Bob Seger finally achieved his commercial breakthrough with his October 1976 album Night Moves.

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Bob Seger has since remarked that not taking one-third writing credit on his recording was, financially, "the dumbest thing I ever did".

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Bob Seger's take on Eugene Williams' "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You" became a Top Five hit from Nine Tonight and the album would go on to sell 4 million copies.

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The Distance was belatedly released on 8-track tape; Capitol reportedly had no plans to do so, but Bob Seger, claiming that many of his fans still used 8-track players in their vehicles, requested that the label release the album in the waning format.

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In 1984, Bob Seger wrote and recorded the power rock ballad "Understanding" for the film soundtrack Teachers.

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Bob Seger was no longer as prolific, and several years elapsed before his next studio album, Like a Rock, emerged in the spring of 1986.

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In 1987, Bob Seger recorded the song "Shakedown" for the soundtrack to the film Beverly Hills Cop II.

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Bob Seger changed the verses of the song but kept the chorus the same.

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However, in 1994, Bob Seger released Greatest Hits; the compilation album was his biggest-ever record in terms of sales, selling nearly 10 million copies in the United States as of 2010.

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Bob Seger did go back on the road again for a 1996 tour, which was successful and sold the fourth-largest number of tickets of any North American tour that year.

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Bob Seger took a sabbatical from the music business for about ten years to spend time with his wife and two young children.

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In 2001 and 2002, Bob Seger won the prestigious Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race aboard his 52-foot sailboat Lightning.

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In 2005, Bob Seger was featured singing with 3 Doors Down on the song "Landing in London" from their Seventeen Days album.

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Bob Seger's supporting tour was eagerly anticipated, with many shows selling out within minutes.

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Bob Seger contributed piano and vocals on Kid Rock's 2010 album Born Free.

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Bob Seger staged a successful arena tour during 2011, accompanied by the release of a two-CD compilation album, Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets.

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Bob Seger performed a duet of "Who'll Stop the Rain" with John Fogerty on Fogerty's album Wrote a Song for Everyone, released in 2013.

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Bob Seger attended school there in his youth and performed at the city's bandshell in the 1960s.

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Bob Seger had a long-term relationship with Jan Dinsdale from 1972 until 1983.

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Bob Seger married Juanita Dorricott in 1993, in a small private setting at The Village Club, in Bloomfield Hills; they have two children.

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Politically, Bob Seger has characterized himself as a centrist: "[I'm] right down the middle", he remarked.

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Bob Seger supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

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Bob Seger has considered President Barack Obama to be the favorite president of his lifetime; he met him at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors and thanked Obama for his "wisdom and dignity".

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