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Rock and Roll Roots: Chuck Berry and Little Richard

Chuck Berry and Little Richard were among the first ten inductees voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In addition, they have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and several of their recordings have been listed among Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock. Both artists were also very important to me at the beginning of my going-on-sixty-year love affair with rock and roll music.  If you were me and had to select the Top 15 songs for both Chuck Berry and Little Richard, which recordings would you choose?

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2013 MRRL Voting Results

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.

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Rock and Roll in the Movies Pt. 1: The 50's

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.

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