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Mitch Ryder

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Mitch Ryder (born William S. Levise Jr., February 26, 1945, in Hamtramck, Michigan) is an American musician.Ryder is noted for his gruff, wailing singing style, much influenced by Little Richard, and his dynamic stage performances, influenced by James Brown.

Ryder first appeared fronting a band called Billy Lee & The Rivieras, which had limited success until they met the songwriter / record producer, Bob Crewe. Crewe renamed the group Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, and they recorded several hit records on his DynoVoice Records label in the mid to late 1960s, most notably “Devil With A Blue Dress On”.

Since the early 1970s, Ryder’s musical endeavors have not met with the same success that they did before. Ryder himself has blamed his lack of subsequent hits on his unsuccessful aim at the Tom Jones-type cabaret/night club audience just as the counterculture was becoming dominant in 1967 and 1968. His last successful release was ‘Detroit’ featuring Mitch Ryder in 1971, which was founded by and featured the drummer from the original Detroit Wheels, Johnny ‘Bee’ Badanjek, and called Detroit, updating his soul music-influenced sound to the 1970s hard rock era.

He has continued to record and tour but comebacks have eluded him. Ryder’s influence is felt in the music of Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen among others.

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  • Headcoach1957

    5. ARD Rocknacht - 6./7. Oktober 1979 (!!!!) - GRUGA-Halle in Essen, Germany - MR stramm wie'n Amtmann und zugedröhnt bis in die Haarspitzen - Interviewunfähig und publikumsbeschimpfend, aber Megakonzert abliefernd - rattenscharf!!! Ruhiger geworden, aber jetzt so richtig geil!!!

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • TheAmericanRuse

    I'm honored I got to meet this legend.

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Great new album with "Detroit ain't dead yet", and you can even listen to it on Last.fm!

    22 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Ruhovkil2

    Just saw him in Macomb Center for Performing Arts. Amazing show.

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • mr_capello

    jenny take a ride <- sick ass track

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Is there more than one Mitch Ryder? i.e. is he the bloke in Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels of Breakout fame

    28 Oct 2007 Reply

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