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Robert Clark "Bob" Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American rock musician who achieved his greatest success in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bob Seger was born at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was raised in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn until age 6, when his family moved to the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. When Seger was 10 years old, his father left the family and moved to California. Seger attended Tappan Junior High School and Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, graduating from the latter in 1963.

Seger started his musical career in the 1960s in his native Ann Arbor, Michigan, soon after playing in and around Detroit as a singer and as the leader of Bob Seger and the Last Heard, and then later the Bob Seger System. He is best known for his work with the Silver Bullet Band, a group he formed in 1974. Seger is known as a workhorse midwestern roots-rocker who dealt with blue-collar themes and toured constantly in support of his frequent album releases. As such, critics ignorant of when his career got started have dismissed him as a poor man's Bruce Springsteen, though Seger's career as a professional musician predates Springsteen's by five years. Seger's successes paved the way for other heartland rockers including John Mellencamp and the Michael Stanley Band.

Seger's early work is hard-rocking and shows the influence of fellow Michiganders Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels as well as pioneer rock-and-rollers, most notably his first big influence Little Richard. Notable songs during this time were "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", "Get Out of Denver", and his classic take on life on the road, "Turn the Page". The Bob Seger System incarnation was essentially a Michigan proto-punk band not very unlike the SRC or The Frost. The Bob Seger System's song "2+2=?" is considered by some to be one of the most fiery anti-war songs ever written.

Seger achieved a commercial breakthrough with his 1976 album Night Moves which featured several hits including the highly evocative title song. Subsequently Seger had success with rockers such as "Hollywood Nights" and mellower mid-tempo ballads such as "We've Got Tonight", "Fire Lake" (recorded 1979, and featured Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmit, and Glenn Frey on backing vocals) and "Against the Wind". His most recognizable songs are almost certainly "Old Time Rock & Roll" (featured in the film Risky Business) and "Like a Rock" (most familiar to many younger Americans through its association with a long-running Chevrolet ad campaign). Seger also co-wrote the Eagles #1 hit song "Heartache Tonight" from their 1979 album The Long Run.

In June 1997 Seger drove his automobile off the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario. [1]

Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004.

Seger's first new album in 10 years, titled Face the Promise, was released in 2006.

The Encyclopedia of Rock And Roll stated that "His throaty, authoritative delivery is a pleasure to listen to, and the Silver Bullet Band is superb."

In 1969 Bob Seger released a parody of the song The Ballard of the Green Berets titled Ballard of the Yellow Berets which mocked draft dodgers. Soon after it's release Barry Sadler and his record label threatened Seger with a lawsuit and the recording was withdrawn from the market.
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