2018 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame Inductees

Six new members of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame were announced on June 1, 2018. In addition, the site also announced this year’s ten Legendary Michigan Songs.

 

The three Historical Inductees honored this year are Bettye LaVette, Dennis Coffey, and Ollie McLaughlin. Bettye LaVette, the noted R&B singer and song interpreter started her stellar recording career in 1962 and has continued to be a force in the recording industry ever since. Guitarist Dennis Coffey was not only a valuable member of Motown’s famed Funk Brothers, but also had a successful recording career in the early 1970’s with his Detroit Guitar Band. Ollie McLaughlin discovered Del Shannon and Barbara Lewis, and he also established three important R&B record labels that produced national hits including “Cool Jerk” and “Love Makes The World Go ‘Round”.

 

The three Michigan artists inducted through the online vote included popular Detroit oldies band, Moose & Da Sharks who finished first with 487 votes, the Royal Coachmen, a 1960’s teen band from Adrian, Michigan, and the Iguanas, a 1960’s band from Ann Arbor that is best remembered as the launching pad for its drummer Jim Osterberg, later to become famous as Iggy Pop. The 2018 additions to the MRRL Hall of Fame bring the total number of inductees to 103.

 

The ten new Legendary Michigan Songs bring the total number of vinyl recordings honored to 130. The five songs inducted as Historical Recordings are: “Fingertips – Pt. 2” by Little Stevie Wonder, “Where Did Our Love Go” by the Supremes, “The Twist” by Hank Ballard and The Midnighters, “The Happy Organ” by Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez, and “Leroy” by Jack Scott.

 

The five songs inducted via the online vote were: “Get Funky” by the Sunday Funnies, “Boogie Chillen’” by John Lee Hooker, “Give Me Just A Little More Time” by the Chairmen Of The Board, “God, Love And Rock & Roll” by Teegarden & Van Winkle, and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” by the Spinners.