Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – ‘Against The Wind’
  • Writer: Bob Seger
  • Producer: Bill Szymczyk
  • Recorded: 1979 at Bayshore Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Players:
    Bob Seger — vocal, acoustic guitar
    Chris Campbell — bass
    David Teegarden — drums
    Drew Abbott — electric guitar
    Paul Harris — piano, organ
    Glenn Frey — backing vocals
  • Album: Against The Wind (Capitol, 1980)
  • Also On:
    Nine Tonight (Capitol, 1981)
    Greatest Hits (Capitol, 1994)
  • One of Bob Seger‘s most popular songs, “Against The Wind” peaked at Number Five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1980.
  • The Against The Wind album held the Number One spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks in 1980 and has sold well over five million copies.
  • Seger said, “We wanted to really have a Number One album. That’s what we went for on that album. We dropped away a little bit from the rockiness and went straight for the singles charts on all 10 cuts, virtually.”
  • Eagles member Glenn Frey sang backup vocals on “Against The Wind,” which he also did for Seger’s 1969 hit “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.” Seger returned the favors by co-writing the Eagles hit “Heartache Tonight.”
  • In his Greatest Hits liner notes, Seger wrote that on “Against The Wind,” Frey “had an idea that our guitarist Drew Abbott should play along with the piano solo. He and I then went out and did the background vocals together. The line ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then’ bothered me for the longest time, but everyone I knew loved it, so I left it in. It has since appeared in several hits by other artists, so I guess it’s okay.”


  • After numerous personnel changes, the Silver Bullet Band now consists only of Craig Campbell and Alto Reed, with former Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist Craig Frost, who joined in 1980.
  • Drummer Charlie Martin was involved in a 1975 auto accident that left him wheelchair-bound and out of the band, though he guested on vocals and piano at a few concerts on Seger’s 1996 tour.
  • Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

His most recent album, 2006’s Face The Promise, was his first in 11 years. He spends most of his time these days at home in suburban Detroit with his wife, Nita, and their children Cole and Samantha.