DETROIT (WJBK) - Norman Thrasher is music royalty - inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and the Doo Wop Hall of Fame.
Thrasher is 84 years old and was a singer with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters in the 1950s and 60s - a promoter for Mohammad Ali and a manager for The Spinners. In 2012 he and the rest of the Midnighters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
"Hank Ballard and the Midnighters were the ones that created the Twist," Thrasher said. "Hank wrote the song and we did 'Finger Popping Time' 'Let's go let's go let's go.'"
"I'm the one that created the twist," Thrasher said. "I'm the one that taught it to Chubby Checker."
A rich tradition and decades spent collecting just about everything and that's sort of the problem.
"I wear a shirt and tie every day, 365 days of the year," he said. "So that's 365 days a year I have to have a shirt and tie on. I have 150 suits of clothes. I can't just throw my things away to satisfy someone else."
It's not just clothes. Books and papers and now his landlady is now evicting him - after 35 years renting a home. He faithfully paid his rent but she wants him out because he has too much stuff.
"She didn't know that it's memorabilia, she thought it was junk," he said. "With the trophies and awards that I have. They know nothing about my history in the entertainment world so they consider me as a junk man."
FOX 2: "But you're not a junk man."
"No ma'am - I'm 84 years old," he said.
Thrasher has to be out in less than a month - but he has nowhere to go.
"I don't have a moving van or no place to move to," he said.
So Norman Thrasher reached out to FOX 2 - to try to find a new place to rent.
"(I want) a place where I can lease a two, three-bedroom home where I can be comfortable in a safe environment for my memorabilia," he said.
Mr. Thrasher only has until Feb. 18 in Detroit.
Anyone with a place Mr. Thrasher could rent, can call FOX 2's Problem Solver line at (248) 552-5150.