Happy Birthday Bob Seger: Celebrating the Legendary Rocker

by Clayton Edwards
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Bob Seger is a rock and roll legend. He has been in the business for around sixty years. Over the course of his career, Seger has recorded some of the best midwestern working-class rock to ever hit the airwaves. At the same time, his discography has been the soundtrack to many great nights. His music will make you miss the good old days and help the booze go down easier. Seger’s music can stir the soul in a way that few others can.

Today, Bob Seger turns 76 years old. So, to celebrate, we’re briefly looking back at his career. Then, we’re going to discuss how he played a huge part in one of the biggest acts in country music today.

Bob Seger – Rock Legend

Bob Seger got his start in early-60s Detroit-area bands like The Town Criers and Doug Brown and the Omens. By the mid-sixties, Seger struck out on his own forming The Bob Seger System. In 1968, he landed his first national hit with the song “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” which peaked at number 17 on the singles chart. Seger gave future Eagles member Glenn Frey his first studio job, singing backup on the track. Then he released an album of the same name the next year.

Bob Seger formed The Silver Bullet Band in 1974. Most of his most well-known tracks are from this band. They recorded songs like “Turn the Page,” and Seger’s first big hit since “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” “Night Moves.”

That was the title track to Bob Seger’s first truly successful release. Night Moves reached the top ten on the Billboard albums chart and is chock full of classics. Not only did that album sell well but it also guided new listeners to his previous releases. Night Moves was a huge move for Seger and his band.

Since then, Bob Seger has released nine studio albums. He has racked up over 75 million album sales over the course of his career. Additionally, Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012. More importantly, people all around the world can crank up Seger’s music and feel both the lyrics and music in their bones.

Seger Saves Eric Church

Eric Church is one of the biggest names in country music right now. Last month he released three albums which have all sold like hotcakes. He has cut some of the best songs of the last decade. To say that he is a superstar is an understatement. Chief and his fans have Bob Seger to thank for much of his success according to a recent interview with Apple Music.

It all started when Eric Church got fired from the Rascal Flatts tour. That story has been told a million times. To make a long story short, Chief was a little too much of a rascal for the Rascal Flatts guys. He got kicked off the tour after playing too long at Madison Square Garden. Then, started playing local clubs in all the cities where the Me and My Gang tour stopped. Then, he got a call from Bob Seger.

According to the interview, Seger was a huge fan of Church’s Sinners Lile Me album. So, he asked if Church would like to come out on the road and open for him. Where Chief was only getting a fifteen minute slot with Rascal Flatts, Seger offered him a forty-five minute spot.

Eric Church said that by doing that Bob Seger didn’t just save his career, Seger also restored his faith in music as a whole.

So, happy birthday, Bob Seger, and thanks for making bold (night) moves throughout your career.