Johnny "Bee" Badanjek
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At 16, Badanjek (pronounced:buh-DAN-jek) was the drummer for the Detroit rock and roll band, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels. The rock critic Dave Marsh later described him as an "unknown genius" for his drum break on their single Devil with a Blue Dress On.
In 1972, he co-founded The Rockets, in which he was drummer and lead vocalist, as well as songwriter, until 1976 when singer David Gilbert was brought in by new manager Gary Lazar.
Rockets singles written by Badanjek included Can't Sleep, Turn Up the Radio and Takin' It Back.
In 1992, he toured Europe with Nils Lofgren and drummed on Lofgren's Rykodisc release, The Crooked Line. He later toured and recorded with The Romantics, and currently working with his new band Broken Toys, writing and demo-ing new material.
Badanjek is also a self-taught painter, having learned by studying other painters and their philosophies. His paintings are in collections around the country[which?], in galleries[which?], art fairs[which?] and events around Detroit[which?], as well as The Gallery of the Arts Johnny Bee Badanjek Gallery,