Legendary Michigan Songs
31.) Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - The Bob Seger System
- Artist Name: The Bob Seger System
- Year Inducted: 2009
- Category: Legendary Songs
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (B. Seger) - The Bob Seger System; Capitol label, # 17 Billboard Hot 100 - 1969. Inducted in 2009.
Seven seconds of Pep Perrine's pounding drums kick off "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man", the Bob Seger System's first Top 40 hit. The organ riff that also drives the song was not played by Seger, who was proficient on the instrument, but by keyboardist Bob Schultz who was a member of the band at the time of the recording. Also sitting in on the session to sing backing vocals was Seger's friend and fellow Michigan artist, Glenn Frey.
"Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" was Bob's second single for his new label, Capitol Records. After the controversial "2 + 2 = ?" failed to chart nationally, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" justified Capitol's faith in the Bob Seger System by spending 14 weeks in the Hot 100.
The success of the single enabled the band to tour California for the first time, and it prompted Seger and Capitol to change the title of his first album from "Tales Of Lucy Blue" to "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". The song would be a concert staple for Bob until the early 80's. He did not play it live again until his Face The Promise tour in the fall of 2006.
- YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgWUvCr87o0