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Boomers Inspired Sixth Generation CD

The Sixth Generation formed in in the small community of Niles, located near the Indiana border in Southwest Michigan. The band was voted into the MRRL online Hall of Fame in 2011. They released their first CD album, “That Was…This Is”, in 2012. It contained their regional hit single, “This Is The Time”. What makes this somewhat curious is the fact that the album came out 45 years after the single charted on radio stations in Chicago and Southwest Michigan. Or maybe it wasn’t all that uncommon for a band whose 1967 single was on a one-song 45. The record actually had two sides, but both contained the same song! MRRL interviewed original member Ron Hamrick recently to discuss Sixth Generation’s new release and their unusual recording history.

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Incredible Story of Jackie Wilson's Lost Son

Al Abrams, Motown’s legendary director of advertising and public relations, has written a fascinating essay for the debut CD of Bobby Brooks Wilson in which he details the rags-to-riches story of the lost son of the late Hall of Fame singer. Abrams, a 2011 MRRL inductee, was kind enough to allow this site to reprint his stranger-than-fiction account of the rise to prominence of the son that Jackie Wilson never knew.

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"Sequence of Steps": MRRL CD Focus

Tokyo Morose’s second album, the intriguing “Sequence of Steps”, was selected as one of the Noteworthy Michigan Albums earlier this month on MRRL’s highly opinionated annual account of the finest recordings of the year: Best CDs Of 2012 And More: Two Views.


MRRL sat down recently with Trevor Edmonds, one of the founding members of the Grand Rapids quartet to find out more about the band and to discuss their exciting new independent release.

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