Rock and Roll Never Forgets

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"Rock and Roll Never Forgets"
Rock and Roll Never Forgets.jpg
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Night Moves
B-side "The Fire Down Below" (US)
"Ship of Fools" (UK)
Released June 1977
Format 7"
Length 3:27
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Mainstreet"
(1977)
"Rock and Roll Never Forgets"
(1977)
"Sunspot Baby"
(1977)

"Mainstreet"
(1977)
"Rock and Roll Never Forgets"
(1977)
"Sunspot Baby"
(1977)

"Rock and Roll Never Forgets" is a song written by American singer-songwriter Bob Seger. The song first appeared on Seger's ninth studio album Night Moves (1976), Seger's first album with the Silver Bullet Band. The song was released in early 1977 as the third and final single from the album. The song peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, charting less successful then the previous two singles.[1] Nevertheless, "Rock and Roll Never Forgets" remains popular with Seger fans, and has become a staple of classic rock radio.

Background[edit]

According to Seger, he wrote this song after attending a high school reunion. "I wanted to just write an honest appraisal of where I was at that moment in time," he said. "I was 31 years old and I was damn glad to be here." The song is accompanied by a mid-tempo sound and Seger's signature raspy vocals.[2] The song is about aging and the ongoing power of rock music. The song advices the 31 listener to return to the rock 'n' roll he loved when he was 16.[3] The song also serves as a tribute to Chuck Berry, who is mentioned in the line "Well all of Chuck's children are out there playing his licks/Get into your kicks/Come back baby rock and roll never forgets."[3]

Reception[edit]

Rolling Stone praised the song as "no-bullshit, horn-slathered Silver Bullet crunch with a nod to Chuck Berry (who’s name-checked in the last verse) – makes the case for rock’s longevity as well as the lyrics do."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Seger: Charts & Awards – Billboard Singles". AllMusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Rock and Roll Never Forgets". Songfacts. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Dean, Maury (2003). Rock 'n' Roll Gold Rush. Algora Publishing. pp. 359–360. ISBN 087586208X.
  4. ^ "Bob Seger: 15 Songs You Can Stream Now". Rolling Stone. June 17, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2018.

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