Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website - a tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's vinyl era. The 2016 vote closed on midnight June 1, 2016. The next voting for both the Hall of Fame inductees and Legendary Songs will open on January 1, 2017.
Induction certificates are now available for all past MRRL Hall of Fame inductees. Contact Dr. J via email for information.
Check out the list of 2017 Hall of Fame nominees before voting by clicking below: http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/116-2014-michigan-artists-and-songs-ballot Check out the nominated recordings for 2017's Legendary Michigan Songs before voting by clicking here: http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/132-2014-legendary-michigan-songs-nominees
Talk Music U.S.A. Animated: Mysterians' guitarist Bobby Balderrama has developed a great new internet music show that is available on YouTube. Balderrama devoted a recent episode to the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and its display that is located at the Bay City Motor Company on Water Street in Downtown Bay City. Watch it by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/talkmusciusa/videos/1725915164358958/?fref=nf
For new episodes of Balderrama'a animated music show, visit his website at www.talkmusicusa.com
Michigan's Internet Hall of Fame. A total of 91 artists and individuals have been inducted into the MRRL Hall of Fame during the past twelve years. Read their biographies along with recommended recordings, books, the best Internet sites, and watch youtube videos for each inductee. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
Alina Simone's latest book, 2016's Madonnaland, details MRRL's efforts on behalf of Madonna and ? and The Mysterians. Read the review in PopMatters by clicking below: http://www.popmatters.com/review/madonnaland-by-alina-simone/
Dr. J's Blog. Click here for in-depth articles about Michigan's Rock and Roll history. http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/dr-js-blog
"Spin Guys" Video: Gary (Dr. J) Johnson discusses his love of vinyl albums in this short video produced by the Bay City Times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQfvx6HVyw&feature=youtu.be
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Motown Black & White: The MRRL Internet Hall of Fame is proud to announce that it is now a permanent interactive component of the Al Abrams' collection and exhibit on the Motown music empire. The MRRL kiosk was unveiled at the red carpet event at the Detroit Historical Museum on April 21, 2016.
Watch videos of the 110 outstanding recordings voted Legendary Michigan Songs. "Kick Out The Jams", "Night Moves", "Runaway", "My Girl", "School's Out", "96 Tears", "Respect", "Hanky Panky" and much more!
Raised in a small town where he was viewed as something of an outsider by the locals, Cub Koda had big city dreams; and he worked tirelessly to make them come true. Self-taught on both drums and guitar, he would form his first band and release his first records while still in high school. On stage, Koda combined his impressive guitar chops with a larger than life personality and his ever-beating rock and roll heart. Although he is most famous for being a founding member of Brownsville Station and co-writing the band’s biggest hit, “Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room”, Koda’s career knew no bounds. He was also an accomplished writer and music critic, a dedicated record compiler, a one-of-a kind DJ, a rock and roll and blues historian, and a prankster of the first order.
The Woolies are one of Michigan’s most interesting bands. Although they are often lumped into the garage band category, largely because of their hit single “Who Do You Love”, band leader Bob Baldori claims that the label is misleading. “We weren’t really a garage band,” Baldori said, “everyone was a trained musician. We could play like a garage band but we could also read music.” Their musical skills served them well when they became Chuck Berry’s backing band of choice in the late 60’s. Baldori fondly remembers working with the rock and roll legend: “Chuck was a terrific musician. He could hold up three fingers which meant he was playing in E flat and we knew what he was talking about”. The Woolies would go on to build their own studio in the Lansing area and even record a Chuck Berry album there; just some of the highlights in their long and varied career.
The Blue Echoes are one of Michigan’s longest-lasting rock and roll bands. Formed in late 1957 in the state capital of Lansing, the group will celebrate its 60th anniversary as a performing unit in 2017. Inspired by the early recordings of Bill Haley And His Comets and others, Larry Palmiter formed a three-guitar unit with two of his classmates at Resurrection High School. Initially called The Echoes, they would quickly evolve into a band of slicked-back rockabilly cats who would release a half-dozen singles on record labels of their own design; predating the "do-it-yourself" mantra of 70's punk rock by almost twenty years.