1. “East Side Story” by Bob Seger & The Last Heard, on Robin Seymour’s “Swingin’ Time” show on Windsor’s Channel 9. For this lip-synched performance (in which Seger rocks a cool Smokey Robinson meets Bob Dylan look), his band includes Pep Perrine on drums and Dan Honaker on bass, with the addition of a newbie, Tom Murray on guitar.
Murray played lead guitar on the recording of “Persecution Smith,” but by his own admission he’s only faking the lead here, which was played by Doug Brown or Carl Lagassa on the record, released on Hideout Records in January 1966. Murray was only with Seger for a short time before he returned to his job at Chrysler. He died in spring 2011.
2. “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” by the Bob Seger System. From the TV show “Happening ’68,” co-hosted by Mark Lindsay and Paul Revere, of Paul Revere & The Raiders, Seger is backed by Pep Perrine on drums and Dan Honaker on bass for this lip-synch performance. His one-handed keyboard technique, necessitated by using his other hand to hold the mic stand, led to Seger’s reaction (in recent years) to the video: “Could they have gotten me a mic stand?” “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” became Seger’s first national hit, peaking at #17 on the Billboard charts.
3. Interview with Bob Seger, December 1976, on WUTR-TV, Utica, New York. ”We always wanted to call our own shots,” Seger said, explaining why he chose not to take too much money from the big labels, so he wouldn’t be beholden to them. “James Brown was the biggest influence on me,” he said, talking about seeing the James Brown Revue at Cobo in 1965, and he cites Motown as well, saying that black music probably influenced him the most.
4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame speech, 2004. After years of lobbying by fans, Bob Seger is finally inducted. He thanks his manager Punch Andrews, his longtime office staff, his family and the indefatigable fans.