Monday, May 6, 2013

May 6 - Bob Seger

Happy 68th birthday to rock & roll singer-songwriter Bob Seger, born on May 6, 1945, in Dearborn, Michigan. From an early age he was exposed to music and various instruments by his father, who worked for Ford Motor and abandoned the family when Bob was age 10, leaving the family to struggle. In Detroit, Seger became friends with Glen Frey and joined a succession of bands. He scored his first national hit with “Ramblin' Gamblin' Man” (1969), on which Frey sang background vocals. After forming the Silver Bullet Band in 1974, Seger recorded a succession of “heartland rock” songs that either were hits or would become hits later: “Katmandu” (1975), “Beautiful Loser” (1975), “Night Moves” (1976), “Still the Same” (1978), “We've Got Tonight” (1978), “Old Time Rock and Roll” (1978), “Against the Wind” (1982), and “Like a Rock” (1986), among others. Ironically, Seger failed to control the copyright on his biggest hit, “Old Time Rock and Roll,” made famous in the movie “Risky Business” (1983).

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