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This is Wiki is dedicated to the many bands, preforms, artists, record labels and producers whom have or had a connection with the Detroit Music scene.

Detroit is renowned for its musical heritage, a long and rich history that includes Motown Records, which produced such hometown stars as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and the Four Tops.

The Detroit Theatre District is the nation's second largest, after New York City, with eighteen professional theaters. Detroit is home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Opera House. Major theaters include the Fox Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, Fisher Theatre, The Fillmore Detroit, Music Hall, Saint Andrews Hall and the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Historically, Detroit's former Black Bottom neighborhood was a major jazz and blues mecca through the 1950s; During this time Detroit was one of America's most important jazz centers. Notable musicians from Detroit who achieved international recognition include: Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Thad Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Lucky Thompson, Louis Hayes, Barry Harris, Paul Chambers, Marcus Belgrave, Milt Jackson, Kenny Burrell and Pepper Adams.

In the late 1960s & early 1970s witnessed an extraordinary change in the "Detroit Sound" one as far removed from Motown as imaginable. This sound owed more to the work of legendary legendary Detroit guitarists John Lee Hooker, Bill Haley and Jack Scott than the R&B crooners, this sound was raw, rough, and messy. This sound was "Rock", and was equal parts anger, determination and attitude.

Centered around the legendary Grande Ballroom & clubs such as The Hidout, the "Detroit Rock Sound" reflected the lives and lifestyles of Detroit as well two of its sister cities, collegiate Ann Arbor and industrial Flint. Seminal standouts included ? & the Mysterians, The Woolies, The Amboy Dukes (featuring Ted Nugent), Alice Cooper, MC5, The Stooges fronted by Iggy Pop, Bob Seger, Glen Frey (Eagles), Wayne Kramer, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Frijid Pink, The Rationals, SRC (Scott Richard Case), Parliament-Funkadelic (George Clinton), Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Brownsville Station, Savage Grace and Suzi Quatro among others.

In the 1980s, one of the most famous pop icons of all time emerged onto the scene-Madonna. Madonna was born and raised outside of Detroit and went to the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship. Also during the 80's, Detroit added to its list of hitmakers with Marshall Crenshaw, The Romantics, Rythm Corps, Was (Not Was) which carried on into the ealry 90s with Robert Bradley's BlackWater Suprise and the grunge sounds of Sponge (aka Loudhouse).

Recenlty the Detroit / Soutwest Michigan region became known not only for producing the artists Kid Rock, Taproot, Andrew W.K. and Eminem, but the return of the 60s garage rock sound with the popularity of The White Stripes, Detroit Cobras, The Dirtbombs (see The Gories) and The Von Bondies. The vibrancy of these acts, along with the renovation or creation of many new live music venues such as the Gold Dollar, Old Miami,Lager House and The Magic Stick, helped to form a gritty, high-energy scene. Bands such as The Hard Lessons, Thunderbirds Are Now!, The Muggs, The Paybacks, The Gore Gore Girls, The Hentchmen, Electric Six, The Go, Blanche and Brendon Benson are all quintessential acts heavily influenced by the region's rich musical history.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has inducted several Detroit area artists and groups: Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Smokey Robinson, Jackie Wilson, the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Hank Ballard, the Four Tops, Gladys Knight & the Pips, John Lee Hooker, Wilson Pickett, Martha and the Vandellas, Little Willie John, Parliament-Funkadelic, James Jamerson, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Glenn Frey, Berry Gordy, The Stooges & Patti Smith

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