Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website - a tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's vinyl era. The 2016 vote is now open. It will close on midnight June 1, 2016. Vote for both the Hall of Fame inductees and Legendary Songs on the sidebar.
Michigan's online Hall of Fame. A total of 84 artists and individuals have been inducted into MRRL during the past eleven 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" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
Dr. J's Blog. Click here for in-depth articles about Michigan's Rock and Roll history. http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/dr-js-blog
Honored: MRRL was designated "A Cool Michigan Website" by the Detroit Free Press in 2013. http://archive.freep.com/article/20131006/NEWS06/310060017/Cool-website-Michigan-Rock-and-Roll-Legends-Hall-of-Fame
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Watch videos of the 100 outstanding recordings voted Legendary Michigan Songs. "Kick Out The Jams", "Night Moves", "Runaway", "My Girl", "School's Out", "96 Tears", "Respect", "Hanky Panky" and much more!
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN
Although his career was unexpectedly derailed by a violent act and his death remains shrouded in mystery, Little Willie John is fondly remembered as Detroit’s first solo R&B star. Billed as "the prince of the blues", he was also one of the artists who helped usher in the Rock and Roll movement in American music. While still a teenager, Willie charted 5 songs on Billboard’s R&B chart including the # 1 hit “Fever”. His signature tune also crossed over to Billboard’s Hot 100, the first of 14 recordings that he would place on the chart from 1956 to 1961.
“We are all outlaws in the eyes of America” – Jefferson Airplane
Although the repercussions from the 1970 Goose Lake International Music Festival in Jackson County had effectively ended the rock festival era in most parts of Michigan, the events did continue until 1974 in what would seem to have been the most unlikely of locations. Sherwood Forest was located in Richfield Township, just east of Flint and north of the small town of Davison. The amusement park was the brainchild of Don Sherwood, a farmer turned businessman; and the music festivals held there were organized and promoted by an enterprising disc jockey named Peter C. Cavanaugh.