Bob Seger turns 74 today.
Seger has dedicated his whole life to music, playing in multiple bands and releasing several multi-platinum albums. His recording of “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
In honour of Bob Seger’s 74 rotations around the sun, here are 14 fun facts:
“The Lonely One” recorded in 1961, was Seger’s first song, to be played on the radio
Seger co-wrote the Eagles’ number-one hit “Heartache Tonight”
Glenn Frey (Eagles) had his first studio gig singing back-up on “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”
“Shakedown”, a song off the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II’s soundtrack, became his first and only #1 hit on the pop singles chart.
Seger was featured singing with 3 Doors Down on the song “Landing in London” from their Seventeen Days album
Seger contributed piano on Kid Rock’s “Collide” featuring Sheryl Crow on Rock’s 2010 album Born Free
In 1973 the song “Rosalie” (Back in 72 album) was written about Canadian radio personality Rosalie Trombley, the former music director of the Windsor AM Top 40 radio station CKLW, also known as “The Big 8” that played a major role in helping Bob get on the radio. Kal Rudman, editor of the Friday Morning Quarterback, a music trade publication, referred to her as “the number one music director in the United States.” The song was also later covered by Irish band Thin Lizzy, on their 1975 album Fighting and again on their 1978 album Live and Dangerous.
The song “Night Moves” was recorded at Nimbus Nine Studios in Toronto, Ontario, with producer Jack Richardson. Released as a single in December 1976, it reached number five in Canada!
In the song “Night Moves”, Seger sings that he “started humming a song from 1962.” That song was the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby”!
His inspiration for “Against the Wind” ? After failing to make it as a quarterback in high school, young Seger signed up for track and field. His passion for running and training, he says, was the initial inspiration for “Against the Wind.”
Bob Seger’s ‘Against The Wind’ won a Canadian JUNO Award for “INTERNATIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR” in 1981
Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.
Seger was also named Billboard’s 2015 Legend of Live honoree at the 12th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, held November 18–19 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
This past February Bob Seger’s ICON compilation was certified PLATINUM status in Canada!
What Bob Seger song will you listen to today to celebrate? Let us know in the comments below!
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