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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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Mitch Ryder Rocked the Pig Gig

One of the nice things about all of the summer activities in Bay City (Fireworks Festival, Pig Gig, River Roar etc.) is the fact that quite a few well-known Michigan artists have performed here as part of the festivities. In the past few years, we’ve had the opportunity to see Tommy James & The Shondells, Mark Farner, ? And The Mysterians, and Ted Nugent on Bay City stages.

 

It was especially great that the legendary Mitch Ryder was chosen to close the 2009 Pig Gig with a Sunday night concert at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Backed by a hot young band featuring alternating lead guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, Ryder interspersed the hits that made him famous with original tunes – some of which were brand new and will soon appear on his upcoming CD produced by fellow Michigander Don Was.

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ARP - Owosso's Connection To Motown And The Beatles

Driving down W. King Street, located just a quarter mile north of Owosso’s business district, it seems almost inconceivable that this unpaved road containing a new housing development was once the location of a business that pressed some historic rock and roll records involving both Motown and The Beatles.

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