150. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

Although Mitch Ryder may have come from the land of Motown, he was certainly credited with some of the most driving Rock sounds that came out of the United States in the 1960’s. Although, a closer look may link Ryder closer to the Soul sound then at first glance.   Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels was at its core a Rock band that was able to take the heart of 50’s Rock and Roll and take it to a more raucous level. Their reworking of earlier classics penned by African American artists were not tame versions (as was done constantly) but were Frat House versions of Blue Eyed Soul that could cross racial boundaries. Ryder was a favorite of many Heartland American artists that would come later and in a way his music was a unique bridge that found fans in the most diverse groups. By Ryder’s own words, he has enemies on the Hall committee and the fact that he has not received a nomination may point to that fact. If that is the main reason that an outfit like Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels are left out, it would be quite a shame indeed.     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1991   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Detroit, MI)   Nominated In: Never   Why They Will Get In: They have a sound that defined Rock and Roll and have a wide breath of appeal.   Why They Won’t Get In: If Ryder truly is on the outs with the committee, than yes, it is unlikely.   Essential Albums: Breakout…!!! (1966) Take A Ride (1966) Sock it to Me (1967) How I Spent My Vacation (1978)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Little Latin Lupe Lu (From Breakout…!!!, 1966) Devil With A Blue Dress On (From Breakout…!!!, 1966) Jenny Take A Ride (From Take A Ride, 1966) Baby Jane (From Take A Ride, 1966) Sock it to Me Baby (From Sock it to Me, 1967) {acepolls 234}

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