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!
Despite his energetic stage shows and raw, soulful vocal style, Nathaniel Mayer was one of the best-kept secrets of Detroit’s vibrant R&B scene. After charting the biggest hit ever recorded at the legendary Fortune Studio, Mayer, like many other artists on small independent Detroit labels, was saddled with poor distribution and overshadowed by the incredible success of Motown and its roster of stars.
Following his Fortune Records days, Mayer largely disappeared from the music industry for decades, and rumors concerning his whereabouts turned him into something of an urban legend among the crumbling neighborhoods and buildings of East Detroit. But against all odds, Nathaniel Mayer staged a remarkable comeback 40 years after he recorded his biggest hit, “Village Of Love”.
Dispelling the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote: “There are no second acts in American lives”, Mayer went back into the studio in 2004 to record his first album in four decades. The widespread critical success generated by the album led to him performing again at clubs and festivals, all the while gaining a new generation of young fans with his exciting live performances.
Benny & The Jets
Many of the Michigan bands that formed in the late 60’s and early 70’s took their inspiration from British Invasion groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, or The Yardbirds. Motown’s non-stop hit factory was another important influence in a vibrant rock and roll scene largely based around a network of teen dance clubs all across the state.
Benny & The Jets, however, were stimulated by much earlier forces. They formed in Plymouth, Michigan, and took their name from one of the street gangs in the hit musical West Side Story. The band looked to the music of Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson, and Detroit’s Jamie Coe for their direction; and like their local heroes, Brownsville Station, they used performances at large car shows around the country as their launching pad.
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.