Michael Stanley

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Michael Stanley
Stanley6-8-02.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMichael Stanley Gee
Born(1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 65)
OriginCleveland, Ohio
GenresRock, folk rock, heartland rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, disc jockey
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Associated actsSilk
Michael Stanley Band
The Ghost Poets
Michael Stanley & The Resonators
 
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Michael Stanley
Stanley6-8-02.jpg
Background information
Birth nameMichael Stanley Gee
Born(1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 65)
OriginCleveland, Ohio
GenresRock, folk rock, heartland rock
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, disc jockey
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Associated actsSilk
Michael Stanley Band
The Ghost Poets
Michael Stanley & The Resonators

Michael Stanley (born March 25, 1948 as Michael Stanley Gee in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band, his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Biography[edit]

Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School in 1966. He attended Hiram College on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1970. During this time he was in the band Silk which released one album, Smooth As Raw Silk, on ABC Records in 1969.[1]

While working as a regional manager for a record store chain, Stanley released his first solo album, Michael Stanley, in 1973. The album and its follow-up Friends & Legends were produced by Bill Szymczyk and featured contributions from Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren and David Sanborn.

Michael Stanley Band[edit]

The Michael Stanley Band was formed by Stanley in 1974 with singer-songwriter–lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck from the band Circus. There were several personnel changes over the years and by 1982 the group had evolved into a seven-piece band.

Nicknamed MSB by their fans, the band set several attendance records at Cleveland area venues including a record 20,320 at the Richfield Coliseum on July 20, 1979[2] and a record 40,529 for two Coliseum concerts on December 31, 1981 and January 1, 1982. The band's greatest achievement was a total attendance of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center on August 25, 26, 30 and 31, 1982.[3]

The group reached the peak of their popularity nationally in 1981 when the single "He Can't Love You" from the album Heartland (written and sung by keyboardist Kevin Raleigh) made the Top 40 (#33 Billboard, #27 Cash Box) and "In the Heartland" from the album North Coast went to #6 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart. Their video for "He Can't Love You" was the 47th video ever played on MTV.[4] The band's last Top 40 hit was "My Town" in 1983.

The band called it quits in 1986 with a series of twelve farewell shows at the Front Row Theatre during the 1986–87 holiday season. Since then, Stanley has performed regularly throughout Northeast Ohio with former members of MSB and with his latest band, the Resonators.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Television and radio career[edit]

Stanley was the co-host of PM Magazine on WJW Channel 8 from 1987 to 1990 and its follow-up Cleveland Tonight until 1991. He also appeared on The Drew Carey Show, playing himself. Since 1990, Stanley has been the afternoon drive disc jockey for classic rock radio station WNCX in Cleveland.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Silk[edit]

YearTitleLabelBillboard
200
1969Smooth As Raw SilkABC S-694191

Solo[edit]

YearTitleLabelBillboard
200
1973Michael StanleyTumbleweed TWS 106206
1973Friends and LegendsMCA 372207

Michael Stanley Band[edit]

YearTitleLabelBillboard
200
1975You Break It...You Bought It!Epic PE 33492184
1976Ladies' ChoiceEpic PE 33917
1977StagepassEpic PEG 34661207
1978Cabin FeverArista AL 418299
1979Greatest HintsArista AL 4236148
1980HeartlandEMI America SW–1704086
1981North CoastEMI America SW–1705679
1982MSBEMI America ST–17071136
1983You Can't Fight FashionEMI America ST–1710064
1984Fourth and Ten...MSB 101
1986Inside MovesMSB 201
1992Right Back at Ya (1971–1983)Razor & Tie RE 1991
1997Misery Loves Company: More of the Best 1975–1983Razor & Tie RE 2125

The Ghost Poets[edit]

YearTitleLabelBillboard
200
1993The Ghost PoetsRazor & Tie RT 2812

Post-MSB solo[edit]

YearTitleLabelBillboard
200
1996Coming up for AirIntersound 9174
1998Live in Tangiers: The Acoustic ShowsRazor & Tie 82836
2000Eighteen DownRazor & Tie 82851
2003The GroundLine Level 201
2005American RoadLine Level 202
2006The Farrago SessionsLine Level 203
2007The Soft AddictionsLine Level 204
2008Just Another NightLine Level 205
2009ShadowlandLine Level 206
2012The HangLine Level 207
2013The RideLine Level

Singles[edit]

YearA-SideB-SideLabelUS PopAlbum
1973"Rock and Roll Man""Denver Rain"Tumbleweed 1010Michael Stanley
"Rosewood Bitters""Good Time Charlie"Tumbleweed 1014
1974"Yours For a Song""Roll On"MCA 40177Friends and Legends
1975"I'm Gonna Love You""Step the Way"Epic 50116You Break It...You Bought It!
"Face the Music""Song for My Children"Epic 50151
1976"Ladies' Choice""Sweet Refrain"Epic 50242Ladies' Choice
1977"Nothing's Gonna Change My Mind""Love Hasn't Been Here"Epic 50416Stagepass
1978"Why Should Love Be This Way""Late Show"Arista 0348Cabin Fever
"Baby If You Wanna Dance""Fool's Parade"Arista 0368
1979"Last Night""Down to the Wire"Arista 0436Greatest Hints
1980"He Can't Love You""Carolyn"EMI America 806333Heartland
1981"Lover""Save a Little Piece for Me"EMI America 806468
"Falling in Love Again""Does It Hurt"EMI America 809064North Coast
"When Your Heart Says It's Right""Victim of Circumstance"EMI America 8097
1982"When I'm Holding You Tight""In Between the Lines"EMI America 813078MSB
"Take the Time""Just a Little Bit Longer"EMI America 814681
1983"My Town""Just How Good"EMI America 817839You Can't Fight Fashion
"Someone Like You""Highlife"EMI America 818975
1985"Show Me Something""Somebody Else's Woman"MSB 701Inside Moves
1986"When All Is Said and Done""Here Come the Kids"MSB 801
"Poor Side of Town""Headlights"MSB 901

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dyer, Bob. "The Michael Stanley Band" The Plain Dealer Magazine September 30, 1979: 24
  2. ^ Holan, Mark. "The Week That Rocked" Scene July 26–August 1, 1979: 13
  3. ^ Faris, Mark (1986-12-14). "Breaking up is hard to do". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  4. ^ Hoye, Jacob. MTV Uncensored (2001): 45
  5. ^ Adams, Deanna. Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection (2002): 261-268

Further reading[edit]

Wolff, Carlo (2006). Cleveland Rock and Roll Memories. Cleveland, OH: Gray & Company, Publishers. ISBN 978-1-886228-99-3

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