Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels (1964-67)
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” .. a young white singer by the name of William Levise, Jr., who was singing at a black soul club called The Village, met a rock & roll group which included McCarty, bassist Earl Elliot, and Badanjek. Levise decided to join the group and took the stage name of Billy Lee, and the band became Billy Lee and the Rivieras. After attracting attention from producer Bob Crewe while working as a support act to The Dave Clark Five, the group moved to New York to start recording. However, since another band had already recorded as The Rivieras, the band decided to change its name again. With the help of a phone book, Levise took the new stage name of Mitch Ryder, and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels were born. The group’s live performances are said to have had an “explosive quality” and their style has been described as “revved up. ”
The band “.. recorded a number of albums, largely composed of reworked R&B classics, along with a smattering of original compositions.”
Crewe then persuaded Ryder to quit the group and embark on a solo career in 1967.
The Charts ..
1965 – “Jenny Take A Ride” .. ” .. reached #10 on national charts, and #1 on the R&B chart – the first time a self-contained rock group had achieved the latter distinction. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA. Crewe had originally planned to release the track as a B side, but changed his mind after seeing the reactions of Brian Jones and Keith Richards, of The Rolling Stones, who were in the Stei-Philips studio in New York City as it was being recorded.”
“Little Latin Lupe Lu” .. peaked at #17
“Sock It to Me, Baby!” made the “Top 10.” ” .. which was banned by some stations as too sexually suggestive.
“Too Many Fish in the Sea”/”Three Little Fishes” single, which reached #24.