Starting out, Michigan native Bob Seger had a harder edge to his particular brand of rock. As things progressed, it softened and catapulted Seger toward stardom across the 1970s. His sound came not just from the heart, but also the Heartland as he blended garage rock with nervy soul set against the backdrop of his Silver Bullet Band.
Live Bullet and Night Moves. After the platinum success of those albums, Seger retained his popularity for the next two decades, releasing seven Top Ten, platinum-selling albums in a row.
Seger got his start in 1961 fronting the Detroit-based Decibels. A move to Ann Arbor landed him stints with the Town Criers, then Doug Brown & the Omens.
Come 1966, Seger wanted to go it alone and issued the single "East Side Story." It found a regional audience which led to a short run of local hits via Cameo Records, among them were "Persecution Smith" and "Heavy Music."
Two years later, the Bob Seger System scored a deal with Capitol Records and Seger's debut album, Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, dropped in the spring of 1968. The title track did well for him, cracking the top 20 on the Billboard chart. When his sophomore effort faltered in 1969, Seger bailed on the whole thing and went to college.
By the following summer, Seger was back and issued Mongrel at the end of 1970. The next year, Seger scrapped his backing band in favor of a more stripped-down solo offering in Brand New Morning. The performances in support of the album saw Seger teaming up with Dave Teegarden and Skip "Van Winkle" Knape. The duo would be enlisted to back Seger on 1972's Smokin' O.P.'s which, once again, stiffed as did the next two albums out of the box -- Back in '72 and Seven.
Seger went back to Capitol Records in 1975 for Beautiful Loser which introduced the Silver Bullet Band, consisting of guitarist Drew Abbott, bassist Chris Campbell, keyboardist Robyn Robbins, saxophonist Alto Reed, and drummer Charlie Allen Martin.
Seger and the band hit the road behind the release building a solid fan base throughout the U.S. The album wasn't a hit, but Seger's touring efforts weren't wasted. The 1976 double album Live Bullet spent some three years on the Billboard charts. Initially, it achieved gold sales status, eventually making it to quadruple platinum.
Seger's follow-up came in the form of a studio album, Night Moves, which cracked the Top 10 in early 1977. Yielding a string of hit singles – "Night Moves," "Mainstreet," and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets" – the album was a huge success.
Stranger in Town came in mid-1978 and also spawned a number of hits, including "Still the Same," "Hollywood Nights," "We've Got Tonite," and "Old Time Rock & Roll." Seger kept the momentum going with 1980's Against the Wind, a set that would become his first chart-topping album on the strength of songs like "Fire Lake," "Against the Wind," and "You'll Accomp'ny Me."
Another live album, Nine Tonight, kept Seger's multi-platinum run alive for 1981. It sold more than three million copies while peaking at number three on the charts. The Distance followed in 1982 and relied on session players, a move that irked some of the Silver Bullet Band members. While the record went platinum, it failed to replicate its predecessors' success.
Throughout the '80s, players would come and go from the band's lineup. Seger cut way back on his work schedule, offering up only Like a Rock in 1986. The album and subsequent tour both did well for the rocker. The Seger song "Shakedown" was included on the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II and became a number one hit in 1987.
It would be four more years before Seger would release another record. The Fire Inside made it to the Top 10 and even went platinum thanks to Seger loyalists. The follow-up, 1995's It's a Mystery, didn't fare as well, making it only to gold.
An 11-year break ensued before Seger put out Face the Promise in 2006. The collection returned Seger to platinum territory and the supporting tour sold well. In fact, some 15,000 tickets for Seger's show in Grand Rapids, Mich. sold out in under five minutes.
Over the next few years, Seger re-recorded some of his early songs for a compilation project, Early Seger Vol. 1. Another tour also came in late 2010 spanning into early 2011.