place of birth: New Mexico
Michael grew up in New Mexico and graduated from St. Pius High School. He studied with guitarist Tonk Edwards in Denver in 1974-75 and played bass with Edwards' trio for a year. Then, he took lessons from Mothers of Invention bassist Tom Fowler in Los Angeles in 1976 before getting the 11th-hour call, literally, to audition for Martha Davis and the Motels. "I said it's 11 o'clock. I'm afraid I've had a bottle of wine. She goes, 'We've had two bottles of wine.'" He says Davis graciously gave him co-writing credits on five songs -- "Careful," "Bonjour Baby," "Crybaby," "Tables Turn" and "My Love Stops Here" -- even when his contribution was minimal.
In 1988, after the break up of The Motels, he returned back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico and enrolled at the Unversity of New Mexico and received his degree in medical technology. Goodroe worked in the Special Chemistry Laboratory at Lovelace Medical Center by day, playing clubs in Albuquerque by night to burnish his voice. In 1999-2000 he released a well reviewed album titled "Flesh and Blood."
He currently lives with his wife Patti in Albuquerque, New Mexico.