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Detroit feat. Mitch Ryder (1971)

Detroit was a latter-day incarnation of Mitch Ryder's Detroit Wheels; formed in 1970 after the singer returned to the Motor City following a stint in Memphis recording with Booker T. and the MGs, the new group reunited Ryder with his former Wheels drummer John Badanjek, and also featured guitarists Steve Hunter and Brett Tuggle, bassist W.R. Cooke and organist Harry Phillips. An energetic, R&B-influenced outfit firmly in the tradition of Ryder's past projects, Detroit issued their lone self-titled LP on Paramount in 1971, scoring a major radio hit with a gritty rendition of Lou Reed's "Rock and Roll" which so pleased its writer that he later recruited guitarist Hunter to join his own backing band. As throat problems began plaguing Ryder more and more, he was forced to quit singing in 1972, and his relocation to the Denver area a year later dashed any hopes of a second Detroit album; local singer Rusty Day then assumed control of the group, guiding the unit until its 1974 break-up.

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6 comments:

frank said...

Thank you for this post--this album-(which I lost many years ago) is very hard to find!

Conspiracy Theologian said...

There is a great article in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine about these guys.

Thanks for sharing this one!

CT

Micheal said...

The Band Detroit is still alive and well, and just released a new album last year which is soon to be re-released internationally. coming soon a new and improved detroit band website: www.detroitrocknroll.com
or go to:
www.myspace.com/dawgproductions to get ordering info and updates.
Micheal Vee
The ACME Group
Mgr., Detroit-The Band

david thomas said...

Hello Crotchbat, do you still have this one?

Thanks for reading.

Crotchbat said...

@david thomas: this one is still available on the internet

david thomas said...

Greatly appreciated Crotchbat :-).