Bob Seger will end September with a new song -- and have a new collection of old material ready for fans in November.
"Hey Hey Going Back to Birmingham," a rendition of Little Richard's "Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! (Goin' Back to Birmingham)" which Seger recorded some years ago, goes to radio stations on Thursday, Sept. 30, to precede "Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets," a two-CD set that's due out in November. It's not yet known if "Hey-Hey..." will be released as a commercial single, however, or if it will just be used for promotion leading up to the compilation's release.
"Hey-Hey..." was written by Little Richard and released in 1956 as the B-side to his hit "Good Golly Miss Molly." The Beatles covered it on their British album "Beatles For Sale" and the U.S. release "Beatles VI," while Ten Years After recorded it as "Going BAck to Birmingham" on the 1974 album "Positive Vibrations."
Earlier this year Seger released another cover song, his version of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train."
"Ultimate Hits" is Seger's fourth official retrospective, following 1994's "Greatest Hits," 2003's "Greatest Hits 2" and "Early Seger Vol. 1" in 2009. It also follows the recent re-release of his two live albums -- 1976's "Live Bullet" and 1991's "Live Tonight," as well as a free EP through iTunes; nearly 1.7 million tracks were downloaded during the latter's one-week availability.
A firm released ate and full track listing for "Ultimate Hits" will be released soon. The album's appearance does suggest that the album of new material Seger is recording is not likely to be released this fall.
Seger and his Silver Bullet Band began a fall and winter concert tour on Nov. 2 at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center in Ypsilanti.