Bass Lesson

Old Time Rock and Roll Bass Lesson

SONG HISTORY

Here's a classic rock song that gets people bouncing. As I was researching the song, I found out a few surprises.

"Old Time Rock and Roll" was not written by Bob Seger (there is some dispute as to whether he contributed some of the lyrics). It was actually written by George Jackson and Thomas E. Jones III. They were from the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. 

Apparently, they recorded the song but didn't like the vocals. They had done some work with Bob Seger and thought it was perfect for his voice and so they pitched it to him. Bob added his vocal to the already recorded instrument track.

Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet band grew to like the song after hearing the audiences reactions to it.  The song was included on their 1978 album Stranger in Town

WHO PLAYED THE BASS?

Surprise #2 came when I found out that long-time Silver Bullet Band member, Chris Campbell didn't play the bass on this song. It was played by famous session musician, David Hood from Muscle Shoals.

Chris has been with Bob Seger since 1969 and lays down solid bass work, especially in live concerts. He's a Fender guy.

Chris Campbell

David Hood, from Muscle Shoals Sound studio, played bass on this song. Started with trombone in high school. He's played on a ton of songs, like the Staples Singers "I'll Take You There". What a great bassline that is.

David Hood

So, get down to your underwear and put on "Old Time Rock and Roll".

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