Robert Clark Seger or Bob Seger is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He was born on May 6th, 1945 at Detroit, Michigan, U.S. His father, being a medical technician for an automobile company, also had a fond love for music and he played a lot of instruments. Thus, inspired by his father’s love for music, Seger got exposed to music from a tender age.
He was very successful artist around the Detroit area where he performed and recorded. He arrived on the music scene in the year 1961 with Decibels. In this band, Seger was on guitar, piano, keyboards, and vocals. Seger’s first original track to be played on the radio was “The Lonely One”. The Decibels got disbanded, and Seger joined the Town Criers, with him being on vocals.
When the Town Criers made more gigs, Bob Seger met a man named Doug Brown of The Omens band. Later, Seger joined Doug Brown and The Omens, who had bigger and better followers than the Town Criers. His first appearance post joining the Doug Brown and The Omens band was seen in the 1965 single “TGIF” and later “First Girl”. Seger then wrote a song for the Underdogs called “East Side Story” which was an ultimate failure for the Underdogs. But he couldn’t accept its failure, so he recorded himself and officially left The Omens. He then released his version of the 'East Side Story' as 'Bob Seger and The Last Heard' with Hideout Records in 1966, and it became his first ever biggest hit. Both the single and its instrumental version sold about 50,000 copies which made him sign a contract with Cameo-Parkway Records.
‘The Last Heard’ soon became Seger’s permanent band. They later released four more singles in 1967. Of which, the single ‘Heavy Music’ sold more copies than ‘East Side Story’ and was potential to break out nationally, but by then their record company suddenly went out of business. It was a Top 100 Hit in Canada, and in the U.S it was in its 103rd. For several years to come, this song would always be a part of Seger’s live act. After the Cameo-Parkway broke down, Seger began searching for a new label, and that is when they signed with Capitol Records by turning down Motown Records, even though the latter offered more money Bob Seger dropped it as he felt that Capitol was more appropriate. From ‘Bob Seger and the Last Heard’, Capitol changed the name of the band to ‘The Bob Seger System’. This band then gave out singles like ‘2+2=?’, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”, ‘Lucifer’ but it didn’t garner much success in the whole of United States.
In the year 1970, after the failure of Mongrel, the band had completely disappeared, and then Seger started to give out one man acts. With his failure with Brand New Morning, Seger had to depart from Capitol Records in 1972. With a lot of off-on appearances with singles, Seger formed The Silver Bullet Band in 1974. With many albums releasing with just limited success ‘Katmandu’ became a first national breakout track which was featured in the hit 1985 movie Mask which starred Cher. ‘Old time rock and roll’ one of Bob Seger’s lyrics track was named as one of the Songs of the century and also The Eagles #1 hit song ‘Heartache Tonight’ was written by Seger.
From the year 1976-87, Seger was at the peak of success when he gave a commercial success with the album Night Moves. The title song was at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. ‘Rock and Roll Never Forgets’ and ‘Mainstreet’ were other top-notch singles. The album Night Moves went on to sell about 6 million copies, and Live Bullet gets to become the ten best-selling live albums of all time.
Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contributions to the music industry. He got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also was certified Gold (500,000 copies sold) for It’s a Mystery. ‘Face the promise’ sold more than 400,000 copies initially and later sold 1.2 million copies making Seger earn the platinum status. He has been nominated for the Grammy’s, Academy Awards, Golden Globes, MTV WMA’s but he only won for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures in the year 1988 in ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards.