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The Michigan Rock and Roll Legends web site is proud to announce the results of the 2013 online vote that closed on the stroke of midnight on June 1st. The newest Hall of Fame inductees include Escanaba’s Riot Squad, who received the greatest number of votes in this year’s balloting. The Five Emprees from Benton Harbor, Frijid Pink from Detroit, the Motor City’s Anita Baker, Saginaw’s Cherry Slush, and Parliament/Funkadelic and Joey Day & The Dares, both from Detroit, were also voted in this year. All inductees received 2% or more of the total votes cast.
It’s been 61 years since rock and roll music made its first appearance in a motion picture; but it was almost an accident that it was included in the soundtrack. The song, which was recorded by a Michigan-born artist, caused a sensation when matched with the images in the film, and its box office success spawned a rash of other rock and roll-related movies by filmmakers anxious to capitalize on this latest trend.
Although no longer promoted as “The Sound of Young America”, the music and performers of Motown still reside in our hearts, especially those of us who grew up during the company’s heyday in the 1960’s and 70’s. It was a time when a young entrepreneur could start a record label out of a small Detroit apartment with dreams of making a mark in the music industry and have those dreams come true. And no one individual reached higher or achieved more than Berry Gordy Jr. Now his story and the music he helped create is debuting on Broadway in a flashy and exhilarating musical that will have theatre patrons dancing in their seats.