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Rolling Stones' Dick Wagner Tribute Links to MRRL


Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, Dead at 71





July 30, 2014 7:55 PM ET

Dick Wagner, who played guitar withAlice Cooper,Lou Reedand on records byKiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two weeks earlier, he had undergone a cardiac procedure, according toDetroit Free Press. He was 71.

How Dick Wagner Saved the Day on Kiss' 'Destroyer'

In his lifetime, Wagner played guitar with a number of notable names in pop and rock, including Rod Stewart, Hall and Oates and Meatloaf, among others. He also made a name for himself as a songwriter for his mid-Seventies work with Cooper.

Read more: Rolling Stones' Dick Wagner Tribute Links to MRRL

96 Tears to be Dedicated as Bay City's Official Rock and Roll Song


By Cole Waterman

BAY CITY, MI — Nearly five decades since a group of first generation Americans recorded one of the best known and most influential songs of the 1960s in a humble, homespun studio in Bay City, the ditty is garnering recognition in its hometown.


Equal parts protopunk and garage rock anthem, Question Mark and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" is to be declared Bay City's official rock 'n' roll song by Mayor Christopher Shannon at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at Old City Hall, 814 Saginaw St. Following the dedication, the band is expected to perform at the downtown Bay City eatery.


Shannon said he has been in discussions with local music historian Gary Johnson for some time regarding how to properly give the song some recognition.

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Crossing Borders with Roy Hockley

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.

Read more: Crossing Borders with Roy Hockley