Other Seger Tracks
Released on Singles, But Not on Albums
(Not counting the Cameo-Parkway and early Hideout singles.)
East L.A. Flipside of Understanding
This Old House. Flipside of UMC. Basic chord structure later used for "We've Got Tonight"
Not many rock songs are written about houses. I wonder whether the song was inspired by a specific house, and if so, which one?
Looking Back, the studio version.
Brave Strangers, the live version. Flipside of "Trying to Live My Life Without You."
Living Inside My Heart. Flipside of "Like A Rock."
This list also doesn't count "Understanding," which has never been on a Seger album, but which does appear on the "Teachers" soundtrack.
On the soundtrack of "Hope Floats."
This list just scratches the surface. For a more complete listing, see the link at the end of this section.
All Your Love -- Pointer Sisters
Against the Wind -- The Highwaymen; Brooks & Dunn
Beautiful Loser -- Point Blank, on their album "Second Season."
Brave Strangers -- Johnny Hallyday
Chances Are -- Vonda Shepard/Robert Downey Jr.
East Side Story -- St. Louis Union
"It seems like the only people who do my stuff are these really off-the-wall cats who are looking for really off-the-wall stuff. I always wanted to see Joe Cocker doing 'Ramblin' Gamblin' Man,' and that, but instead I get this horrible version of East Side Story by the St. Louis Union, produced by Tony Clarke [The Moody Blues]. Horns and a big production. It's really funny. A kitchen sink production thing, it was terrible." Dave Marsh, May 1972, Creem. "Doncha Ever Listen to the Radio...How to Remain Obscure through Better Rock 'n' Roll: Bob Seger, Best in the Midwest."
East Side Story was also recorded by a garage band called District Six, on an album that also included Love's "7 and 7 Is" and the Music Machine's "Talk Talk" -- other classics of the genre.
Other covers of East Side Story
HP Movement in '67 or '68
The Finzz in the mid or late 70s (Thanks to Joe Moorehouse for info on HP Movement and The Finnz.)
The Caretakers on the album Peebles Vol.9
Fire Down Below: covered by
(Thanks to Michael Funk for Klaus Lage info.)
Get Out of Denver: covered by
Eddie and the Hot Rods
Blues Traveler, for the soundtrack of Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead
and Bob Dylan (in concert, not recorded.)
Heavy Music -- HP Movement
Her Strut -- Joe Goldmark
Hollywood Nights -- Olivia Newton John; also by Tina Turner on her VHS collection.
Like A Rock -- Johnny Hallyday, a French pop star known as the "French Elvis," is said to be recording "Comme Un Roc."
Hallyday, though an unknown in the states, is incredibly famous in France. Reportedly, he has sold 80 million records in his career and once played a single concert in front of 400,000 fans. Although he's in his fifties, teenage girls reportedly mail him their underpants. Halladay's English-language album is scheduled for U.S. release in 1998. Edna Gundersen, January 15, 1997 USA Today. "'French Elvis' wants to conquer America"
Lucifer -- Jeff Tarlton
Mainstreet -- Garth Brooks
Mon p'tit loup a va faire mal (Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight) -- Sheila (a French singer, not to be confused with Sheila E.) and by Johnny Hallyday.
Night Moves has been covered in concert by Garth Brooks. Also recorded by The Drifters.
Noah -- James Royal
Old Time Rock and Roll -- Status Quo
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man --Black Oak Arkansas
Rosalie -- Thin Lizzy
Still the Same -- Johnny Hallyday
Til It Shines -- Lyle Lovett and Keb' Mo'
Turn the Page: covered by
We've Got Tonight: covered by
(A mash-up of a dozen or more versions of We've Got Tonight can be heard here.
(A more complete listing of Seger songs covered by others can be found at the Seger page at allmusic.com.)
(Excerpts from most of the songs referenced below can be heard here.)
"Good Luck Baby Jane," by Juice Newton.
Seger has a writing credit on "Heartache Tonight," the Eagles hit, and also co-wrote "Nobody's Business," (Henley/Seger/Souther -- Seger contributed music, but not lyrics) which was recorded by Don Henley.
Seger co-wrote "That Girl" with Glenn Frey.
If I Had My Way, and Long As I Can Play. Both recorded by Stretch Thomas, a Michigan band managed by Punch. Released on the Palladium Records label (distributed by Warner Brothers) as a single in 1973. Produced by Punch.
Jesse and I bought the single on the strength of Seger's writing credit, and later heard Stretch Thomas play in a bar on Main Street in Ann Arbor. "Which one of you is Stretch Thomas?" we asked. "Nobody, it's just the name of the group," they said. We peppered them with questions about Seger, who they said was a great guy. Seger gave them "If I Had My Way," they said, because it wasn't right for his voice.
Star Tonight. Written for Like a Rock, given to Don Johnson for Heart Beat, his solo album.
Come On By. Recorded by Burton Cummings on the album My Own Way to Rock, December 1972. Cummings album is dedicated to Seger, Frankie Miller, Freddie Mercury and Brian May. "Come On By" was also recorded by a local Detroit group called Silver Bicycle. An excerpt:
Long Long Gone, The Rockets.
Another group with connections to Punch and Seger. All of their songs are published by Gear. Of all the songs in this section, Long Long Gone is the only one I remember hearing Seger play live.
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