Legendary Michigan Songs
36.) Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger
- Artist Name: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
- Year Inducted: 2009
- Category: Legendary Songs
"Old Time Rock & Roll" (G. Jackson, T. Jones, B. Seger) - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; Capitol label, # 28 Billboard Hot 100 - 1979. Inducted in 2009.
"Old Time Rock & Roll" was the fouth single released from Bob Seger's "Stranger In Town" album. Although it was far from being one of his biggest hit singles, it has become one of Bob's most popular songs over the past thirty years.
"Old Time Rock & Roll" has been used effectively in both movies and television commercials. You cannot go to a wedding reception without the deejay playing the song, and it seems like every bar band on earth has got the song in its repertoire. Years after its release, "Old Time Rock & Roll" was designated the 'most played jukebox song in history' by the Amusement Operators of America.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Seger stated that the members of the Silver Bullet Band hated the song at first, but learned to accept it after it got great crowd reactions every time they played it live.
The song is not a Seger original, but Bob did rewrite some of the verses before recording it. He declined to take writer's credit on "Old Time Rock & Roll", however, a decision that turned out to be quite costly considering the amount of airplay the song has gotten and its use in any number of creative and commercial projects including the 1983 hit film Risky Business.
- YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQswfILThsY