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Bob Seger & The Last Heard

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Robert Clark Seger (born May 6, 1945), better known as Bob Seger, is an American musician and .

He first appeared on the local Detroit scene in 1961 fronting a three-piece band called The Decibels. After they disbanded, Seger joined the four-piece Town Criers, a four-piece band who gained a steady following covered songs like “Louie Louie”.

Seger soon left to join R&B group Doug Brown & The Omens. While Brown was the primary lead vocalist for the group, Seger would take the lead on some R&B covers. It was with this group that Seger first appeared on an officially released recording, the single “TGIF” backed with “First Girl”. Around this time, Seger met his longtime manager Edward “Punch” Andrews, and began writing and producing for other acts that Andrews was managing, such as The Mama Cats and The Mushrooms (with future Eagle Glenn Frey). Andrews and his business partner Leone approached Seger and Brown to write a song for The Underdogs, another local band who recently had a hit with a song called “Man in the Glass”. Seger contributed a song called “East Side Story”, which ultimately proved to be a failure for The Underdogs.

Seger decided to record “East Side Story” himself, and officially left the Omens (though he did retain Doug Brown as a producer). As Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Seger released his version of the song with Hideout Records in January 1966, and it became his first big Detroit hit.

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