There is a musician whose lyrics inspired the working-class Americans of the 1970s and 1980s in the heart of the country. To those born after this era, the name Bob Seger will obviously not sound familiar, but he is honored because his raw voice and musical notes have delighted the hearts of many. Learn more about the singer below, who also writes his own songs and plays guitar and piano.
Bob Seger’s Biography, Age
Bob Seger (full name – Robert Clark Seger) was born on May 6, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Charlotte Seger and Stewart Seger. He has an older brother named George Seger with whom he grew up. Her family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan when he was about 5 years old. Growing up was quite hard for him as his parents were constantly fighting each other, which eventually led to his father leaving him and his brother with his mother to move to California when he was about 10 years old. And so life became even worse for young Bob because they had financial difficulties.
He attended Tappan Junior High School (now Tappan Middle School), Lincoln Park High School just before he graduated from Ann Arbor High School (now Pioneer High School) in 1963.
Even before his high school graduation, Bob Seger began to develop his musical talent and in 1961 formed his first band, called “The Decibels”. He started the band with his best friends; Pete Stanger (played guitar) and H.B. Hunter (played drums) while playing keyboard and guitar and singing. The band recorded a song called The Lonely One. It was broadcast once on the radio before they broke up.
He then joined another band called Town Criers, whose members were John Flis (bass), Pep Perrine (drums), and Larry Mason (guitar), while Bob sang as usual. Over time, he joined another band led by Doug Brown called The Omens. This new band had a larger fan base than his previous band, and Bob had even more musical success in this new band.
He left The Omens to form his own band called The Last Heard with Pep Perrine, Carl Lagassa, and Dan Honaker, his former bandmates. They released singles like “East Side Story” (1966) and “Heavy Music” (1967), both of which became top chart singles. In 1968, they signed with Capitol Records, which saw to it that they changed the band’s name to “The Bob Seger System”. This resulted in the album Ramblin Gamblin Man (1969), which climbed to number 62 on the Billboard pop album charts. The System did not do better on any other album than this one.
In 1970, Bob Seger explored the solo side of his musical prowess after The Bob Seger System disbanded. In 1971 he released his first solo single Brand New Morning, which was a flop.
The once-successful musician then struggled most of the time to revive his career by forming another band called “The Silver Bullet Band” in 1974. This new band included Drew Abbott (guitarist), Charlie Allen Martin (drummer and backing vocalist), Rick Manasa (keyboardist and backing vocalist), Chris Campbell (bass guitarist), and Alto Reed (saxophonist and backing vocalist).
The hit album Seven from 1974 came from them, much to the delight of the then-struggling musician Bob Seger. He returned to The Silver Bullet Band and in 1975 recorded Beautiful Loser, another masterpiece. His big breakthrough in the music industry came in 1976 with the album Night Moves, Stranger in Town followed in 1978, Against the Wind (1980), The Distance (1982), and Like a Rock (1986). In the 90s he took a musical break, but returned in 2006 with “Face the Promise”. Since his return, Bob Seger has made several epochal stage appearances at various times.
Who is His Spouse (Wife)?
Bob Seger has been married three times, two of which ended in divorce. His first marriage was to Renee Andretti in 1968, but unfortunately, the union lasted only a year except for one day. Then he entered into a relationship with Jan Dinsdale that lasted 11 years, from 1972 to 1983. In 1987 he fell in love with Annette Sinclair, with whom he walked down the aisle without hesitation, but just like his first marriage, the second lasted barely a year.
After his second divorce, Bob probably took a break from the relationship until he found in Juanita Dorricott the “bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh”. He married her in 1993 in a private wedding ceremony held at the Village Club in Bloomfield Hills. The two have remained married ever since and are parents of Christopher Cole (son) and Samantha Char Seger (daughter).
The Michigan-born musician has certainly come a long way to be where he is today, although stories of his musical exploits may sound like Latin and Greek to the younger generation, except for those of them who like songs from times gone by.
For all his hard work, his creative instinct, and his knack for good melodies, Bob Seger has accumulated a net worth of $45 million, mainly from the success of his musical career. Although he is old, he has not yet retired from the music stage, as he has thrilled his audience with some spectacular stage performances in recent years.