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Fats Domino: 25 Favorite Recordings

Antoine “Fats” Domino was one of my early rock and roll heroes. During my younger years in the 50's and early 60's, I purchased mostly singles. My record collection was dominated by the 78s and 45s of my favorite artists of the rock and roll’s first decade: Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly along with the Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Fats Domino.

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2017 MRRL Hall of Fame Voting Results

The online voting for the 2017 Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame and Legendary Michigan Songs concluded at midnight on June 1st.


The MRRL Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes three Historical Inductees that were announced earlier in the year. Motown’s Edwin Starr charted 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including the # 1 hit “War” in 1970. The Excels from Marquette, Michigan, recorded with the legendary Ollie McLaughlin on his Carla label in Detroit. The Spinners from Ferndale, Michigan, recorded for Motown but had greater success on the Atlantic label where they charted seven Top Ten hits on the Hot 100.

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Rick Nelson Pt. 4: "The Crash"

In 1976 Rick’s new manager, Greg McDonald, landed him a new recording contract with Epic Records. He also learned from the Nelson family’s longtime representatives that Rick was in financial trouble. McDonald discovered that Rick’s music career with the Stone Canyon Band had actually lost money over the years and he was nearly broke.


Despite not earning, Rick’s family had an extravagant lifestyle: enjoying expensive vacations, buying sports cars, extensive renovations to homes, and reckless spending by both Rick and Kris. Neither had much financial sense, purchases were always paid for by business managers. Rick didn’t even write a check until he was in his 40’s.

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