54 Facts About Bob Seger


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


On his studio albums, he worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of Bob Seger's best-selling singles and albums.


Bob Seger co-wrote the Eagles' number-one hit "Heartache Tonight", and his recording of "Old Time Rock and Roll" was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


The song would stay in Bob Seger's live act for many years to come.


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


The second single from The Bob Seger System was "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man".


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


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


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


In 1973, Bob Seger put out Back in '72, recorded partly with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, a renowned group of session musicians who had recorded with the likes of JJ Cale and Aretha Franklin.


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".


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


The song had originally been intended for fellow Detroiter Glenn Frey, but when Frey lost his voice just before the recording session, he asked Bob Seger to take his place.


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


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.


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.


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


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


Bob Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15,2004.


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


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


In 2009, Bob Seger released a compilation album titled Early Bob Seger Vol.


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


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.


On December 30,2011, before a sell-out crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Bob Seger closed another successful tour.


On June 14,2012, Bob Seger was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


On January 10,2013, Bob Seger announced another tour in the US and Canada.


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.


On December 22,2016, Bob Seger performed "Heartache Tonight" as the Kennedy Center honored the Eagles.


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


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


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


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


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


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".