Welcome to the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Website - a tribute to the artists and songs of Michigan's vinyl era. The 2016 vote is now open. It will close on midnight June 1, 2016. Vote for both the Hall of Fame inductees and Legendary Songs on the sidebar.
Check out the list of 2016 Hall of Fame nomiees before voting by clicking here: http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/116-2014-michigan-artists-and-songs-ballot Check out the nominated recordings for 2016's Legendary Michigan Songs before voting by clicking here: http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/mi-rock-a-roll-hall-of-fame/132-2014-legendary-michigan-songs-nominees
Talk Music U.S.A. Animated: Mysterians' guitarist Bobby Balderrama has developed a great new internet music show that is available on YouTube. Balderrama devoted a recent episode to the Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and its display that is located at the Bay City Motor Company on Water Street in Downtown Bay City. Watch it by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/talkmusciusa/videos/1725915164358958/?fref=nf
Michigan's online Hall of Fame. A total of 87 artists and individuals have been inducted into MRRL during the past eleven years. Read their biographies along with recommended recordings, books, the best Internet sites, and watch youtube videos for each inductee. Click on "MRRL Hall of Fame" at the top of the page to view the Inductees.
Alina Simone's latest book, 2016's Madonnaland, details MRRL's efforts on behalf of Madonna and ? and The Mysterians. Read the review in PopMatters by clicking below: http://www.popmatters.com/review/madonnaland-by-alina-simone/
Dr. J's Blog. Click here for in-depth articles about Michigan's Rock and Roll history. http://www.michiganrockandrolllegends.com/dr-js-blog
Video: Dr. J discusses his love of vinyl albums. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDQfvx6HVyw&feature=youtu.be
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Honored: MRRL was designated "A Cool Michigan Website" by the Detroit Free Press in 2013. http://archive.freep.com/article/20131006/NEWS06/310060017/Cool-website-Michigan-Rock-and-Roll-Legends-Hall-of-Fame
Watch videos of the 100 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!
It’s been 61 years since rock and roll music made its first appearance in a motion picture; but it was almost an accident that it was included in the soundtrack. The song, which was recorded by a Michigan-born artist, caused a sensation when matched with the images in the film, and its box office success spawned a rash of other rock and roll-related movies by filmmakers anxious to capitalize on this latest trend.
Al Abrams, Motown’s legendary director of advertising and public relations, has written a fascinating essay for the debut CD of Bobby Brooks Wilson in which he details the rags-to-riches story of the lost son of the late Hall of Fame singer. Abrams, a 2011 MRRL inductee, was kind enough to allow this site to reprint his stranger-than-fiction account of the rise to prominence of the son that Jackie Wilson never knew.
During the middle of the 1960’s, Michigan produced a great number of rock and roll bands. Inspired by the guitar-driven British Invasion groups and the irresistible dance beats of Motown, these young bands played a circuit of newly emerged teen clubs throughout the state. These included, to name just a few; The Hideout in Harper Woods, Band Canyon in Bay City, Mt. Holly in Flint, The Scene in St. Ignace, The Fifth Dimension in Ann Arbor, Sherwood Forest in Davidson, Club Ponytail in Harbor Springs, The Sceen in Lansing, and the Tanz Haus in Traverse City.
Among all of these popular venues, Daniel’s Den located at 2525 State Street in Saginaw stood out as one of the most elegant and well-kept teen night clubs in the state – every bit the equal of both the more famous Grande Ballroom and the Eastown Theatre in Detroit.