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ARP - Ghosts, Rumors, and Remains

 Cynthia awoke in the middle of the night with the record pressing plant on her mind. Had she been dreaming about the building that had once stood near her home? Although she hadn’t thought about the ruined plant in years, she suddenly felt compelled to learn more about it. Cynthia slipped out of bed to grab her laptop and googled ‘record company Owosso Mi’. The results of her online search would lead to not only a surprise but also some amazing discoveries that would inspire a quest to uncover the long lost story of the American Record Pressing company.

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Bay City's Fake Zombies Scandal

by Daniel Ralston with Gary Johnson*

Chris White shakes his head and laughs when I show him the first photo. At 73, the bassist and songwriter for the reunited British psych-rock band the Zombies looks like a cool grandpa in black pants, blue dress shirt, and polar fleece vest — a sharp contrast from his septuagenarian bandmates who still sport leather jackets and tight pants. He adjusts his glasses and studies the image of the impostors, four flamboyantly dressed young men taken in 1969. We are backstage at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills last October and after this brief intermission, White will join the rest of the band onstage to play the band’s cult classic 1967 album Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

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2016 MRRL Hall of Fame Vote


The online voting for the 2016 MRRL Hall of Fame and Legendary Michigan Songs concluded at midnight on June 1st. The Blue Echoes, a Rockabilly band formed in 1957 in Lansing, Michigan, finished first in the voting. They were followed by Cub Koda from tiny Manchester, Michigan, who was honored for his post-Brownsville Station career. The Woolies, also from Lansing, came in third in the voting. The band’s biggest hit. “Who Do You Love”, was voted a Legendary Michigan Song back in 2008.

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