Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels - Sock It To Me Baby (1966)
Terry Thunder, drummer for Detroit’s Sun Messengers and more, passes away at 61

Born in Detroit and raised on the city’s northwest side and in Highland Park, Hughley began playing drums at the age of 16 after receiving a kit from his mother. He studied at Detroit’s Metro Jazz Workshop.” Steiger recalled that unlike the majority of the musicians there, Hughley tried to play like R&B drummers such as Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Sparks from James Brown’s band.

“Terry was a pocket man,” said RJ Spangler, a fellow drummer and Sun Messengers co-founder. “He played for the singer. Everything he did was in service to the singer and the song. He himself had marvelous range” as a singer.”

One of Hughley’s first jobs was playing for former Temptations singer David Ruffin. He went on to work over the years with Mitch Ryder, the Dramatics, the Floaters & Enchantment, the Coasters, Kim Weston, Sir Mack Rice and Black Merda and even backing boxing champion Larry Holmes during his attempt at a singing career. Hughley was also part of recording sessions for commercials for Toyota, car dealerships, Betty Crocker and Mr. Allen’s Shoes. and he led his own group, the Terry Thunder Express.

Drummer Todd Glass added that Hughley “was Detroit heart, soul and groove.  Terry taught me in one night more than years of listening and practice about groove. But more than that he gave me confidence when I was young and so unsure of my abilities, and in doing so he taught me about character. I can’t breathe thinking about this world without him.” [Read More]

Have you guys heard? We got a huge show coming up at the end of the month at the Rustic Frog. Sadly, it’s 21 & over, so no kiddos but it will be filmed for DVD/VOD/MP4 release by Swerve Video to be distributed by Smart Mark Video.

Here’s what we have in store so far:

In your main event, “Never Say Die” Josh Crane will take on “The 1” Christian Skyfire in a No Rope Barb Wire match. This match will also feature other weapons wrapped in barb wire. The winner of this match will win a spot in the 2014 King of the Deathmatches, put on by IWA Mid-South Wrestling.

Ian Rotten will take on, making his return to wrestling to “his town”, “Marvelous” Mitch Ryder. There’s some suspected bad blood between these former business partners and it all comes to a head on 5/31.

Jamin Olivencia looks for more gold to put around his waist when he takes on the EPW Openweight Champion, Tripp Cassidy w/ Jason Saint.

Reed Bentley will be in action. The EPW board of directors have not appointed him an opponent at this time.

Paredyse finally gets his hands on Joe Pittman’s merry men when he tags up with “The Party Animal” Justin Storm to battle “The Future” Eddy Young & “The Man with Too Many Monikers” Marcus Edwards w/ Mr. Sosa.

All that plus all your EPW favorites such as “Diamond Cut” Ace Perry & more! 

More matches coming together as we speak! You do not want to miss this show. If you thought our last show, Hardcore Harvest 2013, at the Frog was crazy. Wait til you see this one!


Otis Redding & Mitch Ryder - Knock On Wood (1967)