|Standing as one of the most noteworthy artists in the history of American rock ‘n’ roll, Bob Seger remains one of the true greats of the genre. Across a prolific career that has spanned more than five decades, Seger has become extremely celebrated in American musical culture, putting out timeless hits such as “Night Moves,” “Hollywood Nights” and “Against the Wind.” As a cornerstone of American rock music, Seger has also been a prominent figure in mainstream culture through collaborating with other prolific artists, lending his burly, classically male sound to their compositions. If you’d like to see one of the greatest faces in rock music perform live, then purchase your Bob Seger tickets today!
Seger’s upbringing is reflected clearly in the content of much his music. Born in Michigan, he was exposed to music at an early age, even though his relatives weren&rsquot in the entertainment industry. He was the son of a General Motors employee who ultimately left his family, resulting in a transition from the middle class to more dire fiscal straits. These events clearly became something of an inspiration for Seger, who often touches upon family dynamics, American socioeconomic mobility and the ideals of the working class in his songs. By the time he was in high school, Seger was actively involved in two bands. One, comprised of high school classmates, went by The Decibels. The group didn’t last long, though, and Seger found another group known as The Town Criers.
Rise to fame
While playing with The Town Criers, Seger received his first important break when he was noticed by Doug Brown & The Omens, a band that already had a fair amount of name recognition in the Detroit musical scene. With these musicians, Seger would appear on his first few recordings, R&B covers of popular hits. After building a name for himself, Seger broke off from his affiliations and recorded his first hit song, “East Side Story.” The track earned him a nod from Hideout Records, a Detroit label, who put the song out to considerable commercial success. While he wouldn’t do much else with Hideout Records, the success of the song and a few other collaborative tracks prepared him to gain notice from national labels. Ultimately, he signed with Capitol Records, forming both a solo act and a group known as the Silver Bullet Band, his most well-known act. That group consisted of Alto Reed on saxophone, guitarist Drew Abbott, Rick Mannassa on keyboard, Chris Campbell on bass and Charlie Martin playing percussion.
The Silver Bullet Band’s commercial releases
Though the lineup of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band has undergone considerable changes throughout the decades, they were certainly his most successful act. With the group, Seger released seven of his many albums, including Night Moves, Stranger in Town, Against the Wind, It’s a Mystery, Like a Rock, The Distance and The Fire Inside. Against The Wind and Night Moves certainly represent the peak of Seger’s critical reception, as both albums have been certified six times platinum in the United States, selling more than 6,000,000 copies each.