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Rock and Rollers from Michigan
"The state of Michigan has produced quite a few members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. See if you can identify these famous Michiganders."
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This pop star was born in Bay City, grew up in Pontiac and Avon Township, and received a dance scholarship from the University of Michigan. She moved to New York City in the late seventies, and just a few years later released her first hit record. If you can't guess who this is, if you wish upon a "Lucky Star", you just might come up with the correct answer.
While his big break nationally came after the release of his live album in the mid-seventies, this rocker wrote his first song in 1961 when he was only 16 years old. He was born in Dearborn, and lived in Ann Arbor during most of the fifties and sixties -- but in 1978 he was a "Stranger in Town" singing about his "Hollywood Nights".
He was born James Newell Osterberg, Jr, but the world knows him better by another name. This pioneer of punk rock was born in Muskegon, and lived in Dearborn, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. His band, The Stooges, recorded the song "I Wanna Be Your Dog", he co-wrote the song "China Girl", and has asserted that he has a "Lust For Life".
Fred "Sonic" Smith
Even though she was born in Memphis, Tennessee, this singer moved to Detroit at age 6, and as a young girl she sang solos in her father's church. This "Natural Woman" has sang at a Presidential Inauguration, has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1987 was the first female inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
A 1989 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this performer was born in Saginaw, and moved to Detroit when he was four years old. He recorded his first single at age 11 for the Detroit label Tamla, and had his first number one hit just two years later. He has won 22 Grammy Awards, an Oscar and was one of the first inductees into the Michigan Walk of Fame. While he may only be a "Part-Time Lover", he's a full time superstar.
This blues legend was born in Mississippi, but spent most of his performing life in Detroit. He moved to the city in the forties, and is best known for his songs "Boogie Chillen'" and "Boom Boom", and his appearance in The Blues Brothers Movie. This former auto worker was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
John Lee Hooker
This musician was born in Detroit, and grew up in Royal Oak. At 20 years old, he flew like an Eagle to Los Angeles, where he learned to "Take it Easy" and formed a band that became one of the biggest groups of the seventies. After this mega-group broke up, he declared that "The Heat Is On", and that his band would get together when "Hell Freezes Over". Nevertheless, his band reunited in the nineties and they were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Vincent Damon Furnier was born in Detroit, and took his stage name from the name of the group he formed in the sixties. His androgynous appearance was highlighted in his legendary stage shows, where antics such as snake handling, mock fights and faux executions became commonplace. Oh, and the music wasn't bad either -- he recorded some very well known songs such as "Eighteen" and "School's Out".
This singer was born in Alabama, and moved to Detroit when she was less than a year old. She eventually became a secretary at Motown, where her group recorded such memorable hits as "(Love is Like a) Heat Wave", "Nowhere to Run" and "Dancing in the Street". They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
This Highland Park native moved away from Michigan when he was seven years old, so classifying him as a Michigander may be a little dubious -- but I'm doing it anyway! He was there at the birth of rock and roll, and his group performed some of the genre's first great hits, including "Rock Around the Clock", "See You Later Alligator", and "Shake Rattle and Roll". He and His Comets were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jerry Lee Lewis
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