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Welcome to the location on this website that focuses on West Michigan Bands and Musicians that have achieved national or international notoriety. Please click on the link of the local legendary musician you are interested in and it will take you to this musician’s designated page where you can learn more about them.

Michigan Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:






  1. Thomas Fouts says:

    Anything on Jimmy Dillon? He has played with so many greats, Santana, BB King, Sting, Clarence Clemmons, recorded a duet with John Lee Hooker, and a host of others. Founded the Blue Star Music Camp in South Haven, wrote the music play Ascension of the Blues, and has several albums out.

  2. Brian Bourdages says:

    No Club Soda in Kalamazoo? Jeez! Nirvana played there in their touring in a van days!!! Not to mention shows I saw with Adrian Belew (with and without The Bears) Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson, dozens of local and national pink pands, regional sensations like the Bremen’s, Let’s Talk About Girls, and so many other local, regional and national aks csrching Kalamazoo on their way between Detroit and Chicago. The local scene in the 80’s was fantastic with an extremely vibrant WIDR at WMU during the golden years of college radio which was your only exposure to the early works of bands like REM, U2, Pixies etc. Not to mention maximum exposure to them obscure critically acclaimed bands like The Velvet Underground etc.

  3. M. Richards says:

    You forgot Maynard Keenan of Tool, Perfect Circle Puscifer on this page. He lived in GR for years, even as Tool was getting started. I don’t see any of the legendary West MI punk bands in your lists, actually. You’re missing dozens.

  4. Vickie says:

    And what about The Beveridge Brothers? Their still traveling around!
    Hal Beveridge still is kicking it out!
    Rock, Blues & country. They sound better than ever!
    They will be live at sportman’s bar in Standale this Friday April 1st a show not to be missed!!!
    Best lead guitar Chris Kishman
    Best harp Dave Miller ( Rip)
    Best Bass Hal Beveridge
    Best Drums Karl Shantz
    Be there! Special guest appearance!

  5. Dan Stice says:

    I played drums with “The Finer Things” of Benton Harbor, MI back in 1966 through 1968. We played lots of times at the Edgar Allen Poe Club in Holland during that time as well as the Beach Bash dance club in Grand Haven, MI and many other clubs as well. Band members were me – Dan Stice on drums, Denny Miller lead singer, Paul Hass on Base Guitar, Denny Hanson on keyboards, and Dave Hicks on lead guitar. Our manager was Jack Kelly from WHFB radio station, Benton Harbor and our road manager and sound man was Eric Smith. We did record a 45 rpm record “In the Night” and “Young & Carefree” at Chess Record studio in Chicago. No real fame or fortune, but what GLORY DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Dave Walenga says:

      Dan I am Dave Walenga with The Sixth Generation. We also played at the Poe club. Do you happen to have any photos of the Poe or advertisements? I took a quick look through what I had and I did not see your bands name. I will keep looking. Did you ever play any Battle of the Bands at Shadowland?

      We got the band back together with 5 out of 6 originals and are having a blast.

      Rock On

    • Stu Monsma says:

      Hey Dan….I played drums in a band named the M.R.Q (modern rock quintet) at the Poe club in the spring and summer of ’67. We would do Fridays there, followed by Saturday nights at The Boat House in Saugatuck. We were a 5 piece hailing from South Bend, In. The Basooties, from East Gary, also played there, and I later joined that band when the MRQ disbanded. Both aforementioned bands commanded a higher admission than the other bands that played there, as I remember.

  6. admin says:

    We just posted BIO information on Edgar Struble, which can be found on Edgar’s page by clicking on his name from the “List of Local Legends” above. Edgar toured as conductor, arranger, instrumentalist, and vocalist with Kenny Rogers, contributing his talents to sell-out performances that broke even Elvis’ attendance records, and to recordings that went multi-platinum.

  7. tom kirbyt says:

    Hi, my name is Tom Kirby. I was the drummer with Tonto and the Renegades. A song “Little Boy Blue” from our first 45 was inducted into Michigan Rock And Roll Legends as the number 14 all time Legendary song by a Michigan Legend.

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