EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #170: ” LUCIFER”- BOB SEGER SYSTEM

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Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #170: “Lucifer”- Bob Seger System. April 4, 1970.

  • Single: “Lucifer”- Bob Seger System
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Bob Seger
  • Time: 2:20
  • B-side: “Big River”
  • Album- Mongrel
  • Grade: B+
  • Peaked at #84  6 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100.

Bob Seger was born in Dearborn, Michigan in 1945- was raised in Detroit. He got things going in 1966- and had his first hit “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” #11 in 1968. It wouldn’t be until the mid 1970’s with the Night Moves album though-before he truly became more than a regional hit. Overall he had 32 Hot 100 singles with 19 making the Top 40. For all the hits he had from the mid 70’s to the late 80’s- the only #1 hit he had was the rather pedestrian “Shakedown” 1987- from the movie Beverly Hills Cop.

 

 

7 responses to “EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #170: ” LUCIFER”- BOB SEGER SYSTEM

    • That makes me shake my head about Shakedown–all the great singles Seger had in his career- and that was his only #1? It was a throwaway- I guess the tie to the movie really helped it. hmmm.

    • In general, I dig Bob Seger, especially, his early period. I also guess it’s fair to say that even great artists have recorded songs that are less than great, especially when they have had such a long career like Seger.

      In some cases, I think one must recognize these tunes can actually also have a positive side, when they help an artist to pay the bills, so they can continue writing great songs, even if they are less successful.

      I guess it’s a long-winded way of saying that even while I don’t think much of “Shakedown,” I’m more than happy to give Seger to give a break on this one! 🙂

    • I am sure their are other examples- but the ultimate – having their biggest hit -being very inferior to other hits/ songs they did- was Chuck Berry and his only #1 being “My Ding- A-Ling”- a novelty hit which wasn’t very good. Having said that I am glad he had the success he deserved it.

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