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Rock and Roll History, News & Views

Destination Lucky's (A Memory)

My hands were sweating on the handle grips of my trusty red and tan colored Royal as we pulled to a stop in front of St. Laurent’s Nut House. The slightly fishy smell of the Saginaw River was strong as we put down our kick stands.

 

There was nothing like a little chocolate candy to steel the nerves for my first bike crossing of the Third Street Bridge. “Nuts since 1904” was painted in large letters on the distinctive yellow brick building and it never failed to draw laughs from the three boys from St. Joseph Grade School who piled into the shop.

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2009 Voting Results

There were several surprises involving the 2009 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends voting this year. With a record number of email votes cast, it was the first year that none of the inductees were named on at least 33% percent of the ballots sent in. In all, 248 Michigan artists received at least one vote.

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Jackie Wilson: Ten Cool Tunes

In late July, at one of our regular meetings, the “rock and roll trio” (John Len, Ron Witucki, and Dr. J.) decided to take on the task of compiling a list of the ten coolest tunes of one of Michigan’s greatest early rock and roll stars, Jackie Wilson. Known as “Mr. Excitement”, Wilson was one of the most dynamic singers and stage performers in the history of rock and roll. It’s my opinion, however, that Jackie was saddled with questionable management and song material for most of his career resulting in a recorded legacy that is far below what his talent deserved.

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