Mitch Ryder (born William Sherille Levise, Jr.; February 26, 1945) is an American musician, who has recorded more than 25 albums over more than four decades.
According to AllMusic (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 album Never Kick a Sleeping Dog. The album featured a cover version of the Prince song “When You Were Mine”, which was Ryder’s last score on the Billboard Hot 100.
Ryder continues to record and tour in the United States and Europe.
In 2005, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.
In 2009, Mitch Ryder was inducted as a solo artist.
On February 14, 2012, Ryder released The Promise, his first US release in almost 30 years.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Mitch Ryder among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
Ryder spent his high school years in Warren, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. After many years living in Warren, and later Livonia, Ryder currently resides in northern Georgia.