Hamtramck’s slogan of “The world in two square miles” is very accurate. The people who call Hamtramck home speak more than 20 different languages. Hamtramck offers art, delicious cuisine, and a wide array of cultures from around the world. The spotlight is always on Hamtramck for Paczki Day. Hamtramck’s bakeries work overtime to keep up with the demand for authentic Polish paczki every year. We always stop by New Palace Bakery to check out their latest paczki flavors. Sometimes we get a glimpse of Pelvis, The Paczki Elvis from Big Jim’s House! Read on to find out more about Paczki Day, Hamtramck’s rock and roll roots, Disneyland, and more with our Hamtramck facts. Congratulations, Hamtramck! You are the WCSX City of the Week!
Hamtramck’s Rock and Roll Roots
Hamtramck is the birthplace of legendary Detroit Rocker, Mitch Ryder. Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels’ work includes the songs “Devil with a Blue Dress,” “Rock and Roll,” and “Jenny Take a Ride.” In 2005, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame. In 2009, Mitch was inducted as a solo artist. Mitch still hits the road from time to time touring the U.S. and Europe.
Hamtramck’s next rock and roll connection is Volodymyr Palamarchuk. You may know him better as Wally Palmar, the founding member and lead singer of The Romantics. Palmar was born and raised in Hamtramck and he speaks Ukrainian fluently. Wally Palmar graduated from Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic High School in 1971. Wally was 24 years old when The Romantics formed in 1977.