High-energy Michigan singer Mitch Ryder spent his formative years watching many of Motown Records’ star attractions, eventually developing his own brand of frenzied R&B-tinged rock & roll. His band the Detroit Wheels scored a huge hit in 1965 with "Jenny Take A Ride," a raw and earthy track that set a template for the blue-eyed soul genre. The group reached its zenith with the exceptional medley of "Devil With A Blue Dress On" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" but split in 1967. Ryder’s subsequent union with Stax guitarist Steve Cropper resulted in the excellent DETROIT MEMPHIS EXPERIMENT (1969). Later forced to abandon music because of a throat ailment, Ryder resumed performing in the late 1970s and remained a major concert attraction on the oldies circuit.
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