Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website. The 2014 MRRL vote closed at midnight on June 1st. The 2015 vote will open on January 1, 2015.
Michigan's online Hall of Fame. A total of 78 artists and individuals have been inducted into MRRL during the past ten years. Read their biographies along with recommended recordings, books, the best Internet sites, and watch youtube videos for each inductee. New inductee biographies will completed later this year. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
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Watch videos of the 90 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!
Jim Leach (a.k.a. Jimmy Hollywood)
Long before he went on to fame and fortune as James St. James, radio’s top Hollywood reporter, Jim Leach was an important behind-the-scenes figure in Michigan rock and roll. During the 60’s and 70’s he served as a writer, publicist, promoter, band manager, songwriter, record label owner, music publisher, DJ, and club owner before moving to California for good in 1980. Because of his many contributions to the state’s musical legacy, Leach was selected as the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends online Hall of Fame’s 2014 Honorary Inductee.
For a ten-year period from 1958 through 1967, the top nightspot in Bay City, Michigan, was Art Narlock’s Empire Show Bar. The biggest attraction at the club during the 1960’s was a Canadian rock and roll band billed as Roy Hockley and The Chessmen featuring Joie Jaye. Playing six nights per week, the band routinely packed the house at the Show Bar before Narlock’s business began to crumble due to financial difficulties that were rumored to be the result of gambling debts caused by heavy losses at Las Vegas casinos.
Noel Paul Stookey achieved world-wide fame as 'Paul' in Peter, Paul and Mary, the most important and successful folk music trio of the 1960's. During that decade, Peter, Paul and Mary charted 20 singles on Billboard's Hot 100, including 5 Top Ten hits ("If I had A Hammer", "Puff The Magic Dragon", "Blowin' In The Wind", "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "I Dig Rock And Roll Music") and the group's sole #1 – 1969's "Leaving On A Jet Plane". In addition, the trio had 11 hit albums, including two that reached # 1; their debut "Peter, Paul & Mary" in 1962 and "In The Wind" in 1963.
Only a minority of the fans of Peter, Paul, and Mary, however, know that Stookey moved to Michigan when he was an adolescent, and that he started his recording career in the state as a member of a high school doo wop vocal group called The Birds Of Paradise. Fewer still realize that he began honing his skills as an entertainer and folksinger while a freshman at Michigan State University, and that his first college sweetheart was a pretty young co-ed from Bay City, Michigan.