Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Songs: “Night Moves” (Bob Seger)

I’ve been listening to some vintage Bob Seger discs lately – I’m talking stuff from “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” (1968) through to “Seven” (1974); the era is full of great Seger tunes, and some pretty rockin’ stuff, at that.

These Seger “sessions” got me thinking about classic summer songs, and even though I haven’t gone as far as 1976, Bob’s “Night Moves” came to mind, as it really is a perfect fit for this time of year - inspired, I was playing it on acoustic guitar just the other day.

“Night Moves” was recorded in Toronto in 1976 with The Guess Who’s producer, Jack Richardson, at his Nimbus 9 Productions; Seger and band were in T.O. for three days to work with Richardson, and recorded two originals plus a Motown cover.

On the third day, Seger wrote a fourth song: legend has it Seger has said that the track was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s “Jungleland.”

By this time, most of Seger’s band had already left town, so with only his drummer and bassist in hand, Richardson snagged some local musicians for the session. The song came together in the studio as it was recorded.

“Night Moves” became the title track to Bob’s 1976 album; Rolling Stone magazine named it the 'Single Of The Year' in 1977. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named it one of the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" - Seger's only such selection.

A video for “Night Moves” was created in the mid-90s to support Bob’s “Greatest Hits" album, 20 years after the song’s release.

Look for Matt LeBlanc in the starring role, prior to his debut on Friends.

Bob Seger – Night Moves (1976)