- Mitch Ryder
Mitch Ryder on stage, Germany 2008
Background information Birth name William S. Levise, Jr. Also known as Mitch Ryder Born February 26, 1945 Origin Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S. Genres Rock and roll, rhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul, frat rock, hard rock Instruments Vocals, guitar Years active 1962–present Associated acts The Detroit Wheels, Engerling Website http://www.mitchryder.de
Ryder is noted for his gruff, wailing singing style, much influenced by Little Richard, and his dynamic stage performances, influenced by James Brown. As a teen, Ryder sang backup in a black soul group known as the Peps, but racial animosities interfered with his continued presence in the group.
Ryder formed his first band (Tempest) when he was in high school, and the group gained some notoriety playing at a Detroit soul music club called The Village. Ryder next 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", their highest-charting single at #4, as well as "Sock It to Me-Baby!", a #6 hit in 1967, and "Jenny Take a Ride!", which reached #10 in 1965.
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 (largely prodded by Bob Crewe, who most[who?] music critics say had the idea in the first place, thus breaking up the Wheels) at the Tom Jones-type cabaret/night club audience just as the counterculture was becoming dominant in 1967 and 1968. In 1968, Trumpeters Mike Thuroff and John Stefan were hired to tour with his great horn section and band. Mike Thuroff and John Stefan also recorded the trumpet parts on Mitch's song, "Ring My Bell." Although this was a "Great Song" with a "Real Nice Groove," it was not permitted to be played on radio air time in many States due to its sexual innuendos. Mitch had one hit single from that period, a cover of "What Now, My Love," but no other success approaching his run with the Wheels. His last successful ensemble release was Mitch Ryder's Detroit in 1971, which featured the drummer from the original Detroit Wheels, Johnny (Johnny Bee) Badjanek and called the new band Detroit. The album saw Ryder moving from his earlier soul music-influenced sound to a guitar-dominated hard rock sound more in keeping with the early 1970s; the new band's version of Lou Reed's anthemic "Rock and Roll" is considered a minor classic.[by whom?]
According to allmusic.com (which calls Ryder "the unsung hero" of Michigan rock and roll), Ryder withdrew from music after experiencing throat trouble, moving to Colorado with his wife and taking up writing and painting. In 1983 Ryder returned to a major label with the John Mellencamp-produced Never Kick a Sleeping Dog. The album featured a cover of the Prince song "When You Were Mine," which was Ryder's last foray into the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Ryder continues to record and tour, and his influence is felt in the music of such blue collar rock artists as Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and Bruce Springsteen-whose version of "Devil With a Blue Dress" highlighted the No Nukes concert album in the early 1980s. He has also been cited as a primary musical influence by Ted Nugent.
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2005. The group's biggest hit, "Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly, Miss Molly", was voted a Legendary Michigan Song in 2008. In 2009, Ryder was inducted into Michigan Rock and Roll Legends for a second time in recognition of his long career as a solo artist.
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
- 1965 "I Need Help (Help Help) / I Hope"
- 1965 "Come See About Me / A Face in the Crowd" (New Voice Records 828 Promotion Copy. Uncertain if ever released commercially in the U.S.)
- 1965 "Jenny Take a Ride! / Baby Jane (Mo-Mo Jane)"(U.S. #10); (UK #33)
- 1966 "Little Latin Lupe Lu" (US #17)
- 1966 "Break Out / I Need Help" (US #62)
- 1966 "Takin' All I Can Get / You Get Your Kicks" (US #100)
- 1966 "Devil with a Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly" (US #4)
- 1967 "Sock It to Me-Baby! / I Never Had it Better" (US #6)
- 1967 "Too Many Fish in the Sea/Three Little Fishes" (US #24)
- 1962 "That's the Way it's Gonna Be / Fool for You"
- 1964 "You Know / Won't You Dance With Me?"
- 1967 "Joy" / "I'd Rather Go To Jail" (New Voice Records 824) (US #41)
- 1967 "What Now My Love / Blessings in Disguise" (US #30)
- 1967 "You Are My Sunshine / Wild Child" (US #88)
- 1967 "(You've Got) Personality - Chantilly Lace / I Make a Fool of Myself" (US #87)
- 1968 "Baby I Need Your Lovin' (& Theme For Mitch) / Ring Your Bell"
- 1969 "Sugar Bee (We Three) / I Believe (There Must Be Someone)"
- 1969 "It's Been a Long Time / Direct Me"
- 1971 "I Can't See Nobody / Girl from the North Country"
- 1971 "Sing a Simple Song / Ring Your Bell"
- 1979 "Rock And Roll / Soul Kitchen"
- 1979 "Nice And Easy / Passion's Wheel"
- 1979 "Freezin' In Hell / Long Hard Road"
- 1980 "Ain't Nobody White / It's My Life"
- 1980 "We're Gonna Win / Beyond The Wall-Bare Your Soul"
- 1981 "War / Don't Wanna Hear It"
- 1981 "Red Scar Eyes / We're Gonna Win"
- 1983 "Er ist Nicht Mein President / Berlin"
- 1983 "When You Were Mine" (Riva Polygram) (US #87)
- 1985 "Like A Rolling Stone / Can Do"
- 1987 "Good Golly Ask Ollie / Good Gollie Ask Ollie (dun mix)"
Detroit Featuring Mitch Ryder
- 1971 "It ain't Easy / Long Neck Goose"
- 1972 "Rock and Roll / Box of Old Roses"(written by Lou Reed)
- 1972 "Ohh-La La La-Dee Da Doo / Gimme Shelter"
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
- 1966 Take A Ride (New Voice)
- 1966 Breakout! (New Voice)
- 1967 Sock It To Me (New Voice)
- 1967 All Mitch Ryder Hits (New Voice)
- 1967 All The Heavy Hits (Crewe)
- 1968 Mitch Ryder Sings The Hits (New Voice)
- 1967 What Now My Love (Dynovoice)
- 1969 The Detroit/Memphis Experiment (with Booker T and the MGs)
- 1979 How I Spent My Vacation (Line)
- 1980 Naked But Not Dead (Line)
- 1981 Live Talkies (Line)
- 1981 Got Change For A Million (Line)
- 1981 Look Ma, No Wheels (Quality)
- 1981 Greatest Hits (Quality)
- 1982 Smart Ass (Line)
- 1983 Never Kick a Sleeping Dog (Line)
- 1985 Legendary Full Moon Concert (Line)
- 1986 In The China Shop (Line)
- 1988 Red Blood, White Mink (Line)
- 1990 The Beautiful Toulang Sunset (Line)
- 1992 La Gash (Line)
- 1992 Live at the Logo Hamburg (Line)
- 1994 Rite Of Passage (Line)
- 1999 Monkey Island (Line)
- 2003 The Old Man Springs a Boner (???)
- 2004 A Dark Caucasian Blue (with ([Engerling]) (Buschfunk)
- 2006 TheAcquitted Idiot (with ([Engerling]) (Buschfunk)
- 2008 You deserve my Art (with ([Engerling]) (Buschfunk)
- 2009 Detroit ain't dead yet (The Promise)?? studio production with Don Was
- 2009 Air Harmonie (with Engerling) (Buschfunk)
Detroit Featuring Mitch Ryder
- 1971 Detroit (Paramount/MCA)
- "Hollywood, that's where I could've gone if I wasn't such a punk. If I just learned to bend over and say thank you a little more politely, it could've been great."—Mitch Ryder
- "There's six members on the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame board of directors and three of those men are my enemies. So what are my chances of getting in there?" —Mitch Ryder 
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- ^ "VH1 - Mitch Ryder biography". 2008. http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/ryder_mitch/bio.jhtml. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
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- ^ "Interview with Ted Nugent on music-illuminati.com". http://music-illuminati.com/interview-with-ted-nugent/.
- ^ "Winona Ryder Biography". http://www.netglimse.com/celebs/bio/winona_ryder.shtml.
- ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 477. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
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