Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website. The site is a totally independent and proudly non-commerical tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's first vinyl records era.
The voting for both the 2020 MRRL Hall of Fame and Legendary Michigan Songs is now closed. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees chosen in the online vote were The Quests, Kopperfield, and Bob Seger (solo). This year's Honorary Inductees were The Burdons and Allyn "Crazy Al" Schmitz. The 2020 Legendary Michigan Songs were "Shadows In The Night" by The Quests, "Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw, "Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna, "Wait A Minute" by Tim Tam and The Turn-Ons, and "Oh Well" by The Rockets.
Michigan's Internet Hall of Fame. A total of 110 artists and individuals have been inducted into the MRRL Hall of Fame during the past fifteen years. Read their biographies along with recommended recordings, books, the best Internet sites, and watch youtube videos for each inductee. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" to view the Inductees.
Watch videos of the 140 outstanding recordings voted into the Legendary Michigan Songs Hall of Fame. "Kick Out The Jams", "Night Moves", "Runaway", "My Girl", "School's Out", "96 Tears", "Respect", "Hanky Panky", "We're An American Band". and many more. https://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/legendary-michigan-songs-inductees
The MRRL HOF display at Scotty's Sandbar in Bay City, Michigan.
Take a video tour of the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame's display that had been located at the Bay City Motor Company for 15 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7AN-z2Z45Q&t=4s Sadly, the business closed because of ongoing litigation and its contents placed under a court seizure. I was given permission to remove the display on September 30, 2019, and the new home of the MRRL HOF is Scotty's Sandbar - located on the banks of the Saginaw River at 1201 Evergreen Drive on Bay City's middlegrounds. The venue is the city's premier live music club and the perfect spot to house a tribute to Michigan's rock and roll legacy.
Official Induction Certificates are now available for all past and present MRRL Hall of Fame inductees. Contact Dr. J via email for information.
Check out the list of Hall of Fame nominees before voting by clicking below: https://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/116-2018-michigan-artists-and-songs-ballot
Check out the nominated recordings for Legendary Michigan Song nominees before voting by clicking here: https://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/132-2018-legendary-michigan-songs-nominees
The MRRL Hall of Fame has donated a historical sign at 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: https://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/dr-js-blog/204-96-tears-and-art-schiells-recording-studio
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/
Dr. J's Blog. Click here for in-depth articles about Michigan's Rock and Roll history and more! https://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/dr-js-blog
"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
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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.