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.
Wedged between the breakup of the Bob Seger System and the formation of the Silver Bullet Band, Bob Seger’s solo career included the release of four high quality vinyl albums from 1971 through 1974. Seger also released nine excellent singles during this period. Although none of the albums or singles made much of an impact on the Billboard charts, it was during this time that Seger continued to refine his songwriting while establishing a working relationship with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section along with the other musicians who would help vault him into rock and roll stardom in 1976.
by Gary Johnson
The band formed in the early 1980s in the tiny city of Essexville, where the Saginaw River empties into Saginaw Bay. The Burdons became part of the D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) musical subculture that began in earnest with the punk rock movement of the 1970s. Instead of the traditional method of reaching their audience through a large record company, the band recorded a highly regarded album of original songs and released it on their own label. They also formed their own publishing company and came up with a novel method of distributing and publicizing their album. Over the years, The Burdons’ music and high energy performances saw them attain legendary status in mid-Michigan for their distinctive brand of garage pop.
by Gary Johnson
The Crazy Al Radio Party had the distinction of bringing back the era of the rock and roll personality DJ from the 1950s and 1960s and introducing it to modern audiences via both AM radio and the Internet. Allyn Schmitz developed his zany “Crazy Al’” character, in combination with his deep-voiced partner Larry Matthews, and fashioned it into a key element of a unique and freewheeling weekday morning show that combined spontaneous comedy skits with obscure oldies from rock and roll’s first decade.