Welcome to Michigan's Internet Hall of Fame!
Michigan Rock and Roll Legends is a totally independent and proudly non-commerical website that is primarily a tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's first vinyl records era.
Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame. A total of 120 artists and individuals have been inducted into the MRRL Hall of Fame during the past seventeen years. The latest Honorary Inductees are Aaliyah, Alice Cooper (solo), Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (duo), Norman Whitfield, Russ Gibb, and Savage Grace. Read their biographies and watch youtube videos for each inductee. https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/mrrl-hall-of-fame
Watch videos and learn more about the 145 recordings have been honored as Legendary Michigan Songs. The list includes "Kick Out The Jams", "Night Moves", "Runaway", "My Girl", "96 Tears", and the new inductees - "Hello Stranger", "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)", "Baby Boy", "Shop Around", and "Why Do Fools Fall In Love". Discover more about the songs that have helped make Michigan great by clicking on https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/legendary-michigan-songs
Big News! Beginning in 2021, the official home of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame will be in the DeMara Gallery, located on the second floor of the Historical Museum of Bay County. The museum is located at 321 Washington Avenue in Downtown Bay City. The museum is currently acquiring and installing materials with hopes of opening the exhibit early in 2022.
Sneak Peek! The upcoming Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame exhibit will include some interactive components that visitors can access with their phones using QR readers. You can get an advance look at the Twilight Zone tribute that sheds light on some of Michigan rock and roll’s strange and unusual tales. The first installment in the series in The Mysterious Death of Del Shannon. It can be accessed by clicking here: https://vimeo.com/650864958
Scotty's Sandbar. The home for the original MRRL HOF display is Scotty's Sandbar - located on the banks of the Saginaw River at 1201 Evergreen Drive on Bay City's Middle Ground. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Scotty's+Sandbarfirstname.lastname@example.org,-83.9052906,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xef0129c1a830a659!8m2!3d43.5694463!4d-83.9052906Scotty's Sandbar is Bay City's premier live music club and a perfect spot to house a tribute to Michigan's rock and roll legacy, and it will remain in place after adding the second MRRL HOF location at the Historical Museum of Bay County. Click to see the location map.
Official Induction Certificates are now available for all past and present MRRL Hall of Fame inductees. Contact Dr. J via email on the sidebar for information.
The MRRL Hall of Fame has donated a historical sign at 405 Raymond Street, the former site of the Schiell Recording Studio in Bay City where the # 1 hit "96 Tears" was recorded in 1966. Read the history of Art Schiell and the the unique recordings he made that included not only ? and The Mysterians, but also the Cherry Slush and Meat Loaf. Click on Special Series on the sidebar, or the link below, and select the 96 Tears category. https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/special-series
Dr. J's Blog. Click here or on the sidebar for in-depth articles about Michigan's Rock and Roll history and more! https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/blog
The Special Series on the sidebar organizes the the in-depth articles on the site into 11 convenient categories for ease in finding specific subject matter. https://michiganrockandrolllegends.com/index.php/special-series
"Spin Guys" Video: Gary (Dr. J) Johnson discusses his love of vinyl albums in this short video produced by the Bay City Times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQfvx6HVyw&feature=youtu.be
Alina Simone's latest book, 2016's Madonnaland, details MRRL's efforts on behalf of Madonna and ? and The Mysterians. Read the author's thoughts on the Madonna-Bay City controversy: https://lithub.com/why-does-madonnas-hometown-hate-her/
Madonnaland was selected as one of Rolling Stone magazine's Ten Best Music Books of 2016. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/10-best-music-books-of-2016-116591/
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Motown Black & White: The MRRL Internet Hall of Fame is proud to announce that it is now a permanent interactive component of the Al Abrams' collection and exhibit on the Motown music empire. The MRRL kiosk was unveiled at the red carpet event at the Detroit Historical Museum on April 21, 2016.