Say what you will about Bob Seger, but the man’s got soul. Fusing raspy rock ‘n’ roll with blues and soul music, Seger released tunes as American as apple pie. Alongside his Silver Bullet Band, he broke out with his 1976 album Night Moves and would go on to sell tens of millions of albums throughout his long career. That album began a string of six consecutive top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, and it also spawned the famous title track.
On this day in 1980, Seger performed a concert in Fort Worth, Texas, which was recorded for the radio program The King Biscuit Flower Hour. At the time, Seger has just released the heartland rock powerhouse Against the Wind a few months prior, but he also included Night Moves favorites like the eponymous track and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” in the setlist. Seger’s “Night Moves” is a particular highlight—It’s the perfect summer romance anthem, and he sounds absolutely flawless here. The crowd erupted when he inserted the Lone Star State into a lyric: “Just like the Texas summertime.”
Listen to Seger perform “Night Moves” in 1980 via the Paste vault below.