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"5,000 Ways" Revisits Detroit's Glory Days

by Gary Johnson

Although I confess that I wasn’t born in Detroit and I haven’t read many books about the city, I find it hard to believe that there could be a more beautiful and interesting publication on the market than 5,000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit by Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks. Subtitled Recollections & Images From The Baby Boomer Years, the 480-page coffee table book focuses on a 50-year period from roughly 1930 to 1980 when Detroit was thriving as one of the nation’s most important cities.

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Fats Domino: 25 Favorite Recordings

by Gary Johnson

Antoine “Fats” Domino was one of my early rock and roll heroes. During my younger years in the 50's and early 60's, I purchased mostly singles. My record collection was dominated by the 78s and 45s of my favorite artists of the rock and roll’s first decade: Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly along with the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Fats Domino.

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2017 MRRL Hall of Fame Voting Results

The online voting for the 2017 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame and Legendary Michigan Songs concluded at midnight on June 1st.


The MRRL Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes three Historical Inductees that were announced earlier in the year. Motown’s Edwin Starr charted 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including the # 1 hit “War” in 1970. The Excels from Marquette, Michigan, recorded with the legendary Ollie McLaughlin on his Carla label in Detroit. The Spinners from Ferndale, Michigan, recorded for Motown but had greater success on the Atlantic label where they charted seven Top Ten hits on the Hot 100.

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