Kid Rock has always jumped at the chance to pay homage to his home state of Michigan. Whether he performed it in concert or performed it as part of his cruise back in 2013, his song “Detroit, Michigan” has remained a crowd favorite throughout the years.
Which makes this news so tough to take.
Detroit soul musician Sir Mack Rice passed away on June 27 after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82.
Who was Sir Mack Rice? He was the original writer for “Detroit, Michigan.” In fact, Mack had Kid Rock to thank for pulling the song out of obscurity back in 2012, when he recorded it for his album “Rebel Soul” and performed it in front of a huge audience on Thanksgiving Day in 2012 at halftime of the Detroit Lions game.
“The guy is good,” said Mack during a 2012 interview with the Detroit Free Press. “I’ve never met him, but I love his style.”
The two music men did in fact have much in common, most of which was their love for their hometown. “(The song) was a tribute to Detroit’s women,” Mack said in the same 2012 interview. “Our beautiful girls.”