5/23/87-Bob Seger Scores His First #1 Single

With all the Gold, Platinum Albums and Sold Out Concert Tours Bob Seger had in the '70's, you would think he had hit the top of the charts with at least ONE of his signature singles. But you'd be wrong. It took until the late '80's, (May 23rd, 1987 to be precise) before Seger would have the #1 Song in the Country.  The track was "Shakedown" featured on the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack. The ironic thing is that Bob was not the song writers and Producers first choice to record the tune.

Originally, they wanted Glenn Frey. He had solo success with "The Heat is On" from the first movie soundtrack, but from all accounts, wasn't happy with "Shakedown" for the sequel and also came down with a case of laryngitis. Fortunately, Frey's buddy Bob Seger was available, reworked some of the lyrics and got added to the writing credits. The following year, it got nominated for "Best Original Song" at both the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. To date, the track is the only Bob Seger single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. 

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