1977 Bob Seger – Mainstreet
Bob Seger was a long-time local musician in the Detroit music scene, beginning in 1961. He joined a long series of groups and only had one hit record in his first dozen years. He recorded Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man while a member of the Bob Seger System and reached #17 on the Hot 100 in 1969. When he was unable to capitalize on that success, Bob briefly gave up on his music career and returned to college. He was back on the stage with a different group within a year.
His career turned around when he recruited the members of the Silver Bullet Band in 1974. The group’s live album in 1976 catapulted them into the national spotlight. The title single from their next album in 1976, Night Moves, reached #4 on the Hot 100.
The band released two more singles from that album. While neither one did much on the charts, the songs became staples on classic rock stations.
Mainstreet was a song about Ann Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Bob grew up. The single peaked at only #24 on the Hot 100 in the Summer of 1977.
His next single, Rock and Roll Never Forgets, stalled at #41 on the Hot 100. Oldie stations have totally forgotten the song while classic rock stations seem to play it constantly.
Bob returned to #4 on the Hot 100 with his next single in 1978, Still The Same, and eventually had his first number one single a decade later with a song from the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop II: Shakedown.
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