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Rock and Roll History, News & Views

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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"City of Smooth Jazz": Michigan CD Focus

The Robert Lee Revue's new CD, "City of Smooth Jazz" was selected by MRRL as one of 2012's Noteworthy Michigan Albums. Its two founding members hope that their unique brand of smooth jazz will eventually be heard and recognized around the world. They have achieved that lofty goal once before while in a rock and roll band and recording for a major label; but will they be able to grab that elusive brass ring a second time as independent artists?

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