Seger was 31 when this song was released on his Night Moves
album, which explains the line, "Now sweet 16's turned 31." He did start early, forming his first band, The Decibels, while still in high school. Over the next few years, he was in several bands; when he was 22, his group The Bob Seger System signed with Capitol Records. Their single "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
" was a modest hit, going to #17 on the Hot 100, but the band fell apart after their second album, so Seger became a solo artist. He became well known in Michigan, but it wasn't until 1976, now with his Silver Bullet Band, that he made headway nationally with his live album Live Bullet
, which captured the spectacular energy of his live shows. When he was working on Night Moves
, he was on the brink of stardom but already a rock veteran, giving him a distinct perspective that's apparent in this song.
The Night Moves
album, released in October 1976, broke him big. The first two singles, "Night Moves
" and "Mainstreet
," were slower, more reflective songs. "Rock And Roll Never Forgets" was the third single, bringing out the rocker in him.