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After listening to artists like Little Richard, Elvis Presley, James Brown, and Van Morrison in his youth, Bob Seger began his own professional career in a number of regional bands. However, it wasn't until forming the Silver Bullet Band that Seger started the climb to international fame. Born in 1945 in Dearborn, MI, Seger was influenced greatly by Brown's Live at the Apollo and the works of Van Morrison and The Beatles. He entered the music scene in high school, joining bands such as The Decibels, The Town Criers, and The Omens. After leaving The Omens, he recorded his first solo regional hit "East Side Story." After releasing the song Seger formed his first backing band The Last Heard.
In 1968 the band, now called the Bob Seger System, signed with Capitol Records. While initially successful in Michigan and moderately successful nationally - it's single "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and the associated album reached #17 and #62 on the charts - the following two albums did not do well commercially. Ultimately, the Bob Seger System broke up. After a short stint on his own, Seger tried again in 1972 with a group called My Band, which also turned out to be a failure.
In 1974 Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band, and his fortunes immediately started to turn for the better. In 1975 the new group released Beautiful Loser, which included "Katmandu," Seger's biggest hit since "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man." The next year the band produced Live Bullet, which remained on the charts for over two years, and is still one of the best-selling live albums of all time.
While the previous two albums got Seger and his band rose serious attention from critics, they rose to new heights only months later with the release of Night Moves. Along with its hit lead single of the same name, the album kicked off a 12-year period that was the most prolific of Seger's career. The next album, Stranger in Town, was greeted with the same level of success as the Night Moves. It featured, among its nine tracks, "We've Got Tonight" and "Old Time Rock and Roll," the latter of which was only modestly popular until it was featured in the 1983 film Risky Business.
Seger's success continued with The Distance, which featured the hit "Roll Me Away", and Like a Rock. That album's title song would later become part of a long-running Chevrolet ad campaign. Following Like a Rock, however, Seger's popularity began to wane. His next album, The Fire Inside, was released at the same time the alt-rock and short-lived grunge revolution were taking place, and so it found little radio play. His next album, It's a Mystery, performed even worse. On the other hand, Seger's first greatest hits album, released in 1994, sold over 9 million copies.
Although the greatest hits album was a massive success, the message that his time had passed was apparently clear to him, and Seger dropped out of the music business for much of the next decade. He returned in 2006 with Face the Promise, and in doing so regained some of the following he had lost in the early '90s. Seger's tour to support the album was enthusiastically attended by fans. In early 2011 Seger returned to the touring circuit once again.