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Michael Stanley

Cleveland native Michael Stanley became a regional phenomenon, but the singer/songwriter/guitarist and his Michael Stanley Band deserved more national success than they achieved. Stanley, whose real name is Michael Stanley Gee, played bass with the folk-rock group Silk in the late '60s. He then went solo and released two solo albums in the early '70s that fit right in with the "singer/songwriter" era. His talent attracted the likes of producer Bill Szymczyk and guest musicians Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, and David Sanborn from the beginning. He formed the Michael Stanley Band (aka MSB) in 1975 and pursued a more straightforward rock direction. MSB recorded a string of albums through the late '70s and early '80s that were modest successes nationally but major hits in Ohio. In fact, the Michael Stanley Band was such a sensation at home that it still holds attendance records at major concert venues. 1980's Heartland was easily MSB's best album, and Stanley agrees. It included the hit single "He Can't Love You" (sung by vocalist/keyboardist Kevin Raleigh) and the minor hit "Lover" (sung by Stanley and featuring blistering saxophone by Clarence Clemons). MSB's second and last Top 40 hit was Stanley's anthem "My Town" in 1983. After recording for Epic, Arista, and EMI, MSB independently released two albums on their own before breaking up in 1987.

The Michael Stanley Band was a reliably consistent, meat-and-potatoes enterprise responsible for superb Midwestern rock & roll. Stanley went on to become a popular television and radio personality in Cleveland. He still regularly releases albums -- solo and the one-off group project the Ghost Poets -- and performs annual summer and New Year's Eve shows along with occasional acoustic dates; these concerts and albums both feature MSB alumni and other Cleveland musicians. Razor & Tie has reissued most of MSB's catalog and two excellent best-of collections on compact disc. ~ Bret Adams, Rovi
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MSB--- takes me back to the good old days -
I live in Texas now but remember going to Cleveland State and winning Agora tickets from the Buzzard and meeting Michael Stanley
Left Cleveland after college in the 80s, but every MSB tune takes me right back to Blossom, parties in the park, the Agora, and of course WMMS
MSB...has been and always be one of my favorite bands!!!!
OMG I love hearing MSB. Had the pleasure of seeing, meeting and talking to them in person back in the 70-90's. It never gets old and I wish they could have received the National attention they deserved.
He rocks Youngstown Ohio
missing Cleveland right now, listening to MSB.
I grew up listening to MSB my highschool years especially, I have always loved their music,very underrated band.
Learned about MSB during college in NE Ohio in the late 80s
Guilty pleasure 101
I just seen him in Warren Ohio last weekend, WOW reminds me of the old Agora days.He still got it
rarthur145
Great band. Saw them New Years Eve 82 I think. John Cougar Mellencamp opened for MSB.
Doesn't MSB hold the record for selling out Blossom 3 nights in a row...? MSB songs never get old...always turn'm up when I hear them !
Never received the props. But I got and love his music. Thank god for Sirius radio. Rather pay for cable radio than cable tv. Music is truth
From a small town on Ohio and when I think of home I think of Michael Stanley. My favorite band. Live in St. Louis now and every now and then they sneak MSB on the radio. Catch him sometimes on sirrus as well, spectrum channel. Thank you Michael. .
Yes, KSHE plays them on Sunday mornings, let's hope the U-man lives forever
rniedbalski
St Louis' KSHE 95 has not forgotten MSB...
alehner5
Cleveland area radio has not forgotten him -
It's sad that radio has forgotten him, glad Pandora hasn't.
dennis.himes 4
from Cleveland, Ohio still love him after all these years & yes Blossom brings back great memories like women having to use the men's room
carl_herling
Michael Stanley- STILL making great music after 40 years!! Check out ALL his albums.
toddheil42
If, if. You still don't get MSB why he has such loyal fans, find Midwest Midnight, that will set the stage. Then pop a cold cap, where ever you live, put on your favorite home town t-shirt, and put on My Town. Lastly, listen to the entire Heartland album. Those were the days and nights at Blossom.
MSB and Michael as a songwriter were part of my coming-of-ag e adolescence. Many of their songs truly are timeless.
30 years ago I saw them in Michigan; they opened for Eddie Money, and they were very solid! One of the best warm up bands that I have ever seen......To this day, 'He Can't Love You' and 'My Town' are two of my favorite songs of the 80's!
As good as any Pat Benatar or Eddie Money. Better!
das062576
He just plain ole KICKS A*S!! Going to see him tomorrow night actually in Akron, OH :)
big fan.saw MSB about 20 times back in 70s&80s one of my all time favs
I worked at Great America in 1981 and a bunch of guys from the grounds crew there helped the MSB roadies set up for a show in early summer 1981. Couldn't stick around as it was Graduation night and they didn't want a bunch of college guys hanging around the young co-ed grads.
I grew up in northeast Ohio and MSB was a** kicking. Sure do miss Bloosom and the big house on the hill new years eve concerts.
Good band, not great. Fun music with a few well done ballads. MSB just couldn't break through like Seger, Springsteen.
Believe that his best representati v e songs are the mesmerizing "Midwest Midnight" and "Strike up the band" on the Stagepass album!
nansdc8
I discovered MS in 1973 when I took a flyer and bought his album "Friends & Legends" without knowing anything at all about him. It totally blew my mind as well as the other friends listening. They asked "who is that, wow!" Wow indeed, still in the top 3 of my favorite all time albums. As dmizda below said, the rendition of "Help" is mesmerizing. The list of contributing artists is astounding including the late Dan Folgelberg. Unfortunatel y you wont find this album anywhere and im sure its not on
bahrmi19
Michael continues to write and record heartfelt music, and his work with the Resonators for the past decade is excellent, especially The Ground. We're bumming in St. Louis--Micha e l was scheduled to play here in October but had to cancel due to a personal issue. Thanks to Michael for the past 40 years of solid work. Would gladly welcome him back to St. Lou!
humphreysjw
This band had a concert after a Indians game this summer and it was
great. Would love to see a show in a smaller venue too.
michaelplako s h
One of the best rock and roll bands around. I have seen them many many times and the live shows are fantastic. They still hold the attendance record at Blossom and the old Coliseum.
Love his music... Wish more of it was available online.
paul.darby0
I spent several New Year's Eves at MSB concerts. Great memories.
I started listneing to MSB when Heartland came out and saw them several times in the early 80's. Still one of the best concerts I've ever seen.
MSB is as good as any Pat Benatar or Eddie Money to name a few.
Wish they had a longer run together.
Saw them at Kent Halloween 74, Sping free outdoor show in 76. Was at the Agora one night when they recorded "Stage Pass". Went to Blossom a bunch of times. The Front Row for the Farewell tour. With MidLife Chryslers. a few recent summer shows too. Akron Civic a little foggy but I think Billy Joel opened that one. A long time ago.
I discovered MSB in 1975, with the original Michael Stanley Band first Album. I have converted it to my computer, and expect to do the same with all my "Albums". I still like the fist album that they released, but can't find it on CD yet.
i'll see Michael and The Resonators in Warren on Sept. 25, 2010 @ W.D. Packard Music. i read about it in the Tribune Chronicle a couple weeks ago. it's a benefit concert for SCOPE & Hospice of the Valley. I like what Todd Peters says. i liked North Coast myself... groovy track 6... awesome writer/ artist/ humanitarian and steward of NE Ohio as well as ambassador.
MSB has always been one of the most prolific bands in the history of rock. Ohio is lucky to have had Michael Stanley has their personal rocker all these years. The rest of the world missed out on a great one. The record executives of the 1970"s were probally to stoned to realize what they had, and what they missed. I still purchase every Michael Stanley record produced, and will as long as he keeps recording. I first saw MSB in the early 1970's when I snuck in Memorial Hall at Mt. Union College.
MSB was one of the true highlights of my misspent youth. Listen to "Calcutta Auction" or "One Good Reason" and you'll understand why.
Personally I liked the North Coast album best
au8285
I grew in MW Penn and listened to the Erie Pa stations. MSB was as popular there as Bob Seeger or anyone act of that era. Heartland is a fantastic album, and My Town is an incredible anthem for Cleveland.
craig5019
Some of the best music around and Michael Stanley is still releasing CD's of new music that you can find at Line Level as well as normal mp3 downloading websites. Shadowland is his more recent release and the song Skinny Jeans is worth the price of the whole CD.
dnalloh
Being around the music scene in Cleveland since the late 70s, I can honestly say that MSB is one of the best loved of all time to true classic rock NE Ohians. Their concerts rocked. This music takes me back in time, man I love it and always will! I still jam full blast in my car to MSB whenever they're on the radio (98.5 classic rock).
Not being originally from Ohio I didn't know what all the fuss was about, until the day i saw MSB at Marietta College in 1980 right after Heartland came out. Donnie IRis and the Cruisers opened for them, and I was hooked immediately. I look forward to getting back to see them in one of their concert appearances soon as even the recent solo albums by Michael are still some of the best music being written today. He rocks and has surrounded himself with some great performers..
Michael Stanley is an icon in Cleveland and still rocks a few times a year at various venues. The MSB Heartland album is the most recognized and criticaly acclaimed, but his solo work during the last ten years is also fantastic.
MSB is one of the most overlooked bands of the 1980's. I am a Cleveland native and saw MSB in concert several times. I was thrilled to find that Line Level Music carries the full catalogue!
I grew up in Huron, OH. I was introduced to MSB in '79 during my freshman year at UT by my two Cleveland roommates. Wow!! I don't know how we missed this talent in Huron. This is great music and brings back some wonderful memories . . . have Heartland and Right Back at Ya in my "vinyl" collection!
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