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The Bob Seger System


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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 and continues to record and perform today.

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.

In 1968, Bob Seger signed with major label Capitol Records and formed The Bob Seger System. This group was essentially a Michigan proto-punk band not unlike the SRC or The Frost. Their first single was the anti-war message song “2+2=?”, which reflected a marked change in Seger’s political attitudes from “The Ballad of the Yellow Beret”. The single was again a hit in Detroit, but went unnoticed almost everywhere else.

The second single from The Bob Seger System was “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”. Predictably it was a smash hit in Detroit, but it also became Seger’s first nationally charted hit, peaking at #17. The song’s success led to the release of an album in 1969, and the Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man album reached #62 on the Billboard pop albums chart.

Seger was unable to follow up this early moderate success; the Seger System’s follow-up album Noah failed to chart at all, leading Seger to briefly quit the music industry and attend college.


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