Bob Seger celebrates a milestone today (Wednesday) — his 75th birthday.

Born in Detroit on May 6th, 1945, he broke onto the national scene in 1968 with  “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and then launched a half-dozen years as a singles-chart mainstay with “Night Moves” in 1976.

He has sold over 53 million albums and earned 13 platinum and seven multi-platinum discs. A Grammy winner, Seger is a member of both the Rock & Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame,

Seger completed his final tour last year, but is open to doing more shows — just not long tours.

Here is Bob Seger on what he tries to achieve with his songwriting.

“I’ll tell you honestly, I’ve always tried to write something that had some germ of universality. You know, I’ve felt that way, I’ve been there, I’ve known that person, whatever. And that’s what I strive to do. I think that’s what every artist strives to do is strike a familiar chord with people. If I’ve been able to do that, great. It’s pretty amazing, knock wood. It’s very flattering. I’m glad the stuff has held up.”

Bob Seger says he had no idea whatsoever at the time he wrote it that “Turn the Page” would eventually become one of the most popular songs in his catalog.

“I thought it was a rather oddball song and I thought it was a rather narrow appeal song. I thought truckers would love it. Traveling salesman would love it — people who were on the move a lot, people who travel a lot for a living. And it struck a chord with people. So I don’t know what people take from them, but I’ve always tried to write something that had some germ of universality — I felt that way, I’ve been there, I’ve know that person, whatever.

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