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Detroit Rock & Roll | The 70’s (S3 | E145)


We turn the great gaze of LESTER to… DEE TROIT Rock and Roll!! And not any old rock and roll – punk and post-punk rock and roll with bandmate, drummer, and guitarist Ron Chambers. Stories of The Romantics, MC5, The Wanted, and The Underdogs fill our ears. We even spend a moment with Jim Hendrix. This week on Lester the Nightfly: Detroit Rock & Roll (The 70’s)


The Cadillac Kidz feature an eclectic collection of original songs and is a band that represented the east and west sides of Detroit back in the late 1970’s. Cameron Wesley who operated a local music booking agency known as SureShot Productions on Van Dyke and Topher in Warren morphed into a rehearsal room and multi-track recording studio. Cameron also played guitar with childhood pal Dan Cadillac. They enticed singer Spaz Seville to leave his cover band to explore the new wave of music that was beginning to break into the music scene. Cameron, SureShot, and Spaz had a mission to get the new all-original rock bands into the Top 40 bars that catered exclusively to cover bands performing strictly radio hits. 

Spaz brought Chris Badynee from Detroit’s Livernois and McGraw area to play bass. The band went through a half dozen drummers as they built their audience via radio and impressive live performances. They were the opening act for Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Romantics, Wayne Kramer, Johnny Thunders, Mitch Ryder, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Cheap Trick, J. Geils Band, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi and most of their rock and roll heroes. 

In the middle of the gigging madness, the band brought in Ron Chambers as their permanent powerhouse drummer and additional songwriter.

After taking a hiatus in the late 1980’s & 1990’s as the new Millennium approached they got back together and play occasionally. They performed is at the Motor City Muscle Festival in Downtown Detroit in August 2018 where they played their Award winning Motor-Rock anthem, “Detroit’s A Go-Go”. Detroit Rock & Roll (The 70’s)

Show Playlist -Detroit Rock & Roll (The 70’s)

Establishment BashCadillac KidzEstablishment Bash1979
Kick Out the JamsMC5Kick Out the Jams1968
It’s a PartyCadillac KidzBasement Tapes^1970’s
I’m a Fool for Loving YouCadillac KidzBasement Tapes^1970’s
Shoulder to ShoulderCadillac KidzBasement Tapes^1970’s
What I Like About youThe RomanticsThe Romantics1980
Talking In Your SleepThe RomanticsIn Heat1983
Rock You UpThe RomanticsIn Heat1983
Shoulder to ShoulderCadillac KidzShoulder to Shoulder1970’s
Kids Just Wanna TalkCadillac KidzKids Just Wanna Talk1970’s
In the Midnight HourThe WantedIn the Midnight Hour1967
Loves Gone BadThe UnderdogsLoves Gone Bad1967
Loves Gone BadCadillac KidzLoves Gone Bad1970’s
When You Were MinePrinceDirty Mind1980
When You Were MineCadillac KidzWhen You Were Mine1970’s
Third Stone from the SunJimi HendirixAre You Experienced1967
Let Him InRon ChambersLet Him In1995
Don’t You KnowRon ChambersLet Him In1995
^ Home Recordings by Ron Chambers

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DJ and radio personality PJ Ewing is the host of Lester the Nightfly.

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  1. Mary

    Great show, loved hearing about his journey through his music and life!! All beautiful!!!

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