Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website - a tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's vinyl era. The 2015 vote opened on January 1, 2015, and closed on midnight June 1, 2015.
Michigan's online Hall of Fame. A total of 84 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. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
Honored: MRRL was designated "A Cool Michigan Website" by the Detroit Free Press in 2013. http://archive.freep.com/article/20131006/NEWS06/310060017/Cool-website-Michigan-Rock-and-Roll-Legends-Hall-of-Fame
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Watch videos of the 100 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!
Guitar virtuoso Steve Hunter was the first instrumentalist to be voted into the MRRL online Hall of Fame. He started his recording career with the band Detroit featuring Mitch Ryder but is probably best-known for his contributions to the music of Lou Reed and Alice Cooper. Over the years, Hunter has been featured either on record or on stage, or both, with other notable artists including Aerosmith, David Lee Roth, Tracy Chapman, Glen Campbell, Bette Midler, Julien Lennon, Jack Bruce, and Dr. John. In addition, Hunter has recorded six solo albums, the most recent being “Tone Poems Live” in 2014.
With a lineup featuring musicians from five different Motor City groups, The Look became the first Detroit band to appear on MTV with its "We're Gonna Rock" clip in 1981. MTV also rotated the band's 1982 follow-up video of the single "You Can't Sit Down", a cover of The Dovell's 1963 Top Ten Pop and R&B hit. The latter song made American Bandstand's "Rate-A-Record" segment that year, netting a better-than-respectable score of 94. The Look got a lot of FM radio love in the days when Detroit stations weren't afraid to play local music. But spotty record distribution, along with confusing management and recording deals helped kill the momentum and development of The Look's career.
The Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame is proud to announce the results of the 2015 computer vote that ended on the stroke of midnight on June 1st. Adrenalin, a popular East Detroit band from the late 70’s and early 80’s, received the greatest number of votes for induction in this year’s balloting. They were followed by The Look, another successful Detroit group that has the distinction of being the very first Motor City band to appear on MTV. Third in the vote was Mark Farner, the former frontman of 2005 inductee Grand Funk Railroad. Farner was inducted this year for his long solo career. Finishing fourth in the vote was guitarist Steve Hunter who first gained attention in the band Detroit, but is best-known for his work with Lou Reed and Alice Cooper.