Michael Stanley Bio, Age, Family, Daughters, Career, Albums, Songs, Interview

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Michael Stanley Biography

Stanley was a beloved singer-songwriter and musician from Cleveland, Ohio. He was known for his brand of heartland rock, which was popular in the Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s. Stanley was also a radio and television personality, and he was a passionate advocate for the Cleveland community.

Michael Stanley Photo

He was both a solo artist and member of a band. His bands’ name was “Michael Stanley Band.” His brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Stanley Age

Stanley was born on March 25, 1948 and passed away on March 5, 2021, at the age of 72..

Michael Stanley Early Life

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.

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley Career

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. In 2004, the sketch comedy troupe ‘Last Call Cleveland‘ produced Michael Stanley Superstar: The Unauthorized Autobiography of the Cuyahoga Messiah, a play which parodied Stanley’s status as a local celebrity.

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 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.

The group reached the peak of their popularity nationally in 1981 when the single “He Can’t Love You” from the album Heartland  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. 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 the Resonators and as Michael Stanley and Friends.

Television and radio career

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. In 2012, Stanley received the “Excellence in Radio” award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters.

Michael Stanley Net Worth

Stanley has an estimated net worth of 4 million dollars as of 2019.

Michael Stanley Wife

Michael is currently married to Denise Stanley, they have been married for about 5 years. He is also the father of twin daughters, Sarah and Anna, and the proud grandfather of three.

Michael Stanley Daughters

He is the father of twin daughters, Sarah and Anna, who live in Suburban Cleveland, have been known to join their father on stage for vocals. “They all like music, but none of them play anything.

Michael Stanley Albums

Solo Albums

  • Smooth As Raw Silk
  • Michael Stanley
  • Friends and Legends

With Michael Stanley Band

  • You Break It…You Bought It! (1975)
  • Ladies’ Choice (1976)
  • Stage pass (1977)
  • Cabin Fever (1978)
  • Greatest Hints (1979)_
  • Heartland (1980)
  • North Coast (1981)
  • MSB (1982)
  • You Can’t Fight Fashion (1983)
  • Fourth and Ten… (1984)
  • Inside Moves (1986)
  • Right Back at Ya (1992)
  • Misery Loves Company: More of the Best 1975–1983 (1997)
  • Live at the Ritz NYC 1983 (2015)

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