Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website. The 2014 MRRL vote closed at midnight on June 1st. The 2015 vote will open on January 1, 2015.
Michigan's online Hall of Fame. A total of 78 artists and individuals have been inducted into MRRL during the past ten years. Read their biographies along with recommended recordings, books, the best Internet sites, and watch youtube videos for each inductee. New inductee biographies will completed later this year. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
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Watch videos of the 90 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!
In 1982, Marshall Crenshaw was tabbed the next big thing by members of the music press. Hyped as the second coming of Buddy Holly, Crenshaw produced two classic albums and an irresistibly catchy Top 40 single in a little over a year; but he somehow missed snatching the brass ring. Crenshaw was one of the leading purveyors of power pop, a musical genre that drew its inspiration from 1960s British and American pop and rock music. Despite writing and recording a host of songs featuring strong melodies, clear vocals, and catchy guitar riffs, Crenshaw's album releases, for the most part, had only modest commerical impact.
Now considered something of a cult artist, Crenshaw has soldiered on for over three decades and has enjoyed a successful, and still evolving, music career that includes an impressive discography of recordings, an active touring schedule, a book on rock and roll movies, as well as impressive stints in both radio and the motion picture industry.
The Boogie Man From Hell is both a clever and accurate billing inasmuch as Michael Katon is one of Michigan’s leading proponents of a style of guitar-driven, energetic rock and roll that is heavily influenced by the blues. Katon’s blistering guitar, growling vocals, and cleverly written original tunes have garnered praise for the Hell, Michigan, native not only among blues enthusiasts, but also fans of hard rock and even heavy metal.
Hell, Michigan, which could probably be described as a 'wide spot in the road', is a small hamlet of houses and businesses near a state recreation area in Livingston County, about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. Michael Katon has lived with his wife, Susan, in a home on one of the small lakes in the area since 1985. His house contains the studio where he has recorded much of the material that he has issued on the 16 albums released on his own Wild Ass record label during the past 30 years.
Lynn-J and I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 opening night performance of Lennon: Through A Glass Onion at the Union Square Theatre in New York City. Being a major fan of John Lennon, going to the show was a mixture of excitement and trepidation. I knew that I would enjoy the music but would the presentation do justice to one of rock and roll’s most interesting and talented individuals?