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Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band (L-R): Bob Seger, Drew Abbott, Robyn Robbins, Alto Reed, Chris Campbell and Charlie Allen Martin, during their 1977 tour.

Bob Seger wrote his first song when he was 16 years old and it was all about getting a girl…

Seger wrote “The Lonely One” when he was 16. Here he is singing a snippet of it in 1991.

The song, recorded with his band The Decibels, was pressed on vinyl – a half-dozen acetate 45s were pressed. It is the rarest of Seger recordings and was aired just once on Ann Arbor radio. station WPAG.”

Here is what the album looked like:

The Decibels - The Lonely One for sale


The Decibels ‎– The Lonely One (1961)

When Seger was a sophomore in high school, he started his first band with some classmates called The Decibels. They didn’t last long, and the band made very little impact in the Detroit scene, but Seger’s time with The Decibels gave us this ultra-rare acetate. Recorded in Michigan rock legend Del Shannon’s studio, this record contains Seger’s very first original song, The Lonely One. It was played on the radio exactly one time, so the story goes. Sadly, we don’t have this release in the database. Spread the word amongst all your Bob Seger superfan friends, so whoever has it can add it soon!


Big Jim found someone who actually had one of the copies and sold it! Here was the post:

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