Rock & Roll Classic–Bob Seger–“OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL”

Hello,  Bob Seger has been making hit records since 1968.  In his long and very successful career he has charted 33 records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, 7 that are Top 10 hits and 1 that topped the chart in 1987, “SHAKEDOWN”.  He has recorded some of best albums of the rock era.  All this from the guy who was born in Dearborn, Michigan on May 6, 1945.  He not only sings the hits but he writes them too.  Just to put some icing on the cake, Bob Seger was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” in 2004.

Bob has written and recorded many songs that are considered rock classic, but “OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL” is right at the top of the list.  It was featured in his 1978 album “Stranger In Town” on Capitol Records.  The song is a nostalgic look back at the music of a previous generation.  The first release of “Old Time Rock & Roll” as a single record was in 1979.  It made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on April 7, 1979.  The single record had a 11 week run on the Hot 100 and peaked at #28.  Originally Bob’s band “The Silver Bullet Band” did not like “Old Time Rock & Roll”.  They thought it was not their type of material, but while touring in Europe and hearing audience reaction to it, the band grew to like the song.

In 1983 “Old Time Rock & Roll” was featured in the movie “Risky Business”, starring Tom Cruise.  Tom’s character (Joel Goodson) dances and lip-syncs the song and demand for the single is so great that Capitol re-issues it.  On September 17, 1983 Bob enters the Hot 100 again with his classic hit.  This time he enjoys 11 weeks on the chart and climbs to #48.  Not too shabby for a re-issue. 

“Old Time Rock & Roll” has become a standard in popular music.  The Amusement & Music Operators Association have named it the most played song ever by a male artist and rank it #2 on their list of the Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time.  It was listed as one of the Songs of the Century in 2001.

Bob Seger may have charted other records that  placed higher on the Hot 100, but he has not had a record that has lived on so strongly with such a wide audience as “Old Time Rock & Roll”.  I cannot spin tunes at any dance function, be it a wedding, a dance, a party or a club, where his “classic recording” is not asked for and when it’s played the dance floor is full.  Bob Seger and “Old Time Rock & Roll”, it’s a winning combination, it’s a “Rock & Roll Classic”.

Till the next time—Joe

In 1979 the “B” side was “SUNSPOT BABY”

In 1983 the “B” side was “TILL IT SHINES”



Hello,  thank you for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  “LOVIN’, TOUCHIN’, SQUEEZIN'” was Journey’s first Billboard Top 20 hit, climbing to #16 on the Hot 100 in 1979.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1965 Country/Pop singer Roy Head charted a #2 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Can you name it?

Take a guess, leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe