5 Facts Fans Probably Didn’t Know About “Hollywood Nights” By Bob Seger
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Bob Seger made a name for himself and is one of the most successful artist in Midwest rock and roll. “Hollywood Nights” is one of his iconic songs and we listed down 5 facts you probably didn’t know about the song, take a look below.
1. Story behind the song
Bob Seger was born and raised in Michigan. He worked in Detroit and in Alabama and never left his hometown except when he went to LA to finish the album For the Stranger In Town. He rented a house in the Hollywood Hills with a stunning view of the city lights. Seger shared:
“The chorus just came into my head; I was driving around in the Hollywood Hills, and I started singing ‘Hollywood nights/Hollywood hills/Above all the lights/Hollywood nights.’ I went back to my rented house, and there was a Time magazine with Cheryl Tiegs on the cover… I said ‘Let’s write a song about a guy from the Midwest who runs into someone like this and gets caught up in the whole bizarro thing.'”
2. The percussions
Billy Payne of Little Feat played the piano and organ on this track and if you think you are hearing two different sounds of drums, well, you’re not wrong. Seger’s drummer, David Teegarden, recorded the first drums on the track, then overdubbed it with a different pattern on top making it sound like there two drummers playing at the same time.
3. The backup vocals
The backing vocals that can be heard on the song were done by the Waters family: Julia, Luther, Maxine and Oren. Seger had an opportunity to work with them when he was recording in LA. The Waters’ backed some of the biggest names in music, including Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand.
4. The album cover
The album cover features young Seger with the Hollywood Hills in the background behind him. The photo was actually taken on the lawn of the house he was renting at that time of the album’s recording.
5. On Sunshine Plaza
In the original Disney California Adventure Park, “Hollywood Nights” was one of the songs they played throughout Sunshine Plaza.