Detroit music legend still needs new place to live


Norman Thrasher is still looking for a new place to live. We first told you about the 84-year-old being evicted a couple of weeks ago. After 35 years of faithfully paying his rent at a home in Detroit, his landlady wants him out because he has too much stuff.

Thrasher was a singer with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in the 1950’s. He went on to work with Muhammad Ali and the Spinners. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the years he’s accumulated quite the collection of stuff. He calls it memorabilia, others call it junk – which is why he’s being evicted.

“We’re still looking and pushing forward – out early in the morning and late at night trying to make sure we can find something safe to be able to go to,” said Thrasher.

Thrasher is the second senior citizen with a housing emergency to capture our hearts and yours recently.

“I’m hoping that I find a place real soon.”

Rosie Randall’s home had no heat and had fallen into such disrepair that concerned Detroit Police officers came to her rescue. Now she says she should soon be placed in a senior apartment, but still no news on where Norman Thrasher will go. Some Fox 2 viewers have offered to help and he’s grateful, but he has not yet found a new place to rent and the clock is ticking.  He has to be out at the end of the month.

“They moved it to the 28th – the last of the month - which is 10 days more, so we’ll see what can happen.”

If you have a nice, safe rental property available at a reasonable price, please let us know by calling the news desk at (248) 552-5103 or by donating to a GoFundMe account set up to help Mr. Thrasher. 

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