The Bob Seger Song Featuring Classic Chuck Berry-Style Guitar

A successful Detroit-area artist and roots rocker, Robert Clark Seger performed and recorded under the name Bob Seger and the Last Heard and Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. He then made a big breakthrough with his debut album ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’ in 1968. Moreover, Seger dropped the ‘System’ from his recordings by the early 1970s and continued seeking broader success with several other bands.

In 1973, Bob Seger formed the Silver Bullet Band with a group of Detroit-area musicians. With this band, he achieved success on the national level with the ‘Live Bullet’ and ‘Night Moves’ albums. The musician also released several other successful records at that time, including ‘Seven’ and ‘Beautiful Loser.’ Released in 1975, the ‘Beautiful Loser’ album featured a song that carries classic Chuck Berry-style guitar elements. Let’s learn which song that was.

Bob Seger Used Chuck Berry’s Classic Guitar Playing Style In The Song ‘Katmandu’

In 1975, Bob Seger released his eighth studio album titled ‘Beautiful Loser.’ The album also featured Silver Bullet Band Members on some songs and together on the cover song ‘Nutbush City Limits.’ Moreover, all of the tracks which appeared on the album were written by Seger, except for Tina Turner’s ‘Nutbush City Limits.’

‘Beautiful Loser’s single ‘Katmandu’ was Seger’s first real national breakthrough after his ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.’ Although it did not achieve remarkable chart success apart from reaching No. 43 on the US Top 40, the song received strong airplay nationwide. Besides, the song was also featured in the 1985 movie ‘Mask,’ and the tenth episode of the eighth season of ‘Supernatural.’

According to Cash Box, a music industry trade magazine that published weekly from July 1942 to November 1996, ‘Kathmandu’ is a fine and tight rock and roll song. Furthermore, it is punctuated with a classic Chuck Berry-style guitar and Seger’s exceptional vocal stylizing.

When listening to the song, it is almost clear that Chuck Berry inspired Seger with his distinctive guitar-playing technique: cranking the tempos up, putting the guitar to the front and center, and playing excitedly and clear.

You can listen to the song ‘Katmandu’ below.