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2010 MRRL Voting Results

In somewhat of a surprise, The Kingtones, Grand Rapids’ original garage band, finished first in the 2010 email balloting for induction into Michigan’s on-line hall of fame.  Early Detroit recording stars, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters finished second in this year’s vote, closely followed by Motown’s famous house band, The Funk Brothers. Two outstanding Detroit/Ann Arbor rock bands, The Rationals and SRC (Scot Richard Case) were also voted in. This year’s honorary induction went to the great songwriting/production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland.  The six inductions bring the total number of inductees in Michigan Rock and Roll Legends to forty-eight.

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Parasomnia Acknowledges Michigan Bands

Renowned Hollywood horror film director William Malone’s latest DVD release, Parasomnia, has a plot line that includes a significant nod to some of Michigan’s garage rock bands of the 1960’s. Malone, who was born in Lansing and played in a rock and roll band there in the 60’s, is probably best known for his 1999 big screen remake of the classic House On Haunted Hill and for 2002’s nightmarish FeardotCom.

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Remembering John Lennon

On a recent visit to New York City, Lynn-J and I had an opportunity to visit Central Park on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon in late September. Our main objective was to find Strawberry Fields, a 2.5 acre area in the park that was dedicated to the memory of John Lennon in 1985 and named after one of his most famous songs, “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

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