Michael Stanley Biography
Michael Stanley (Michael Stanley Gee) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. He is both a solo artist and member of a band. His bands’s name is “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, He is currently 71 years old as of 2019.
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.
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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|Married
Michael is currently married to Denise Stanley, they have been married 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
- Smooth As Raw Silk
- Michael Stanley
- Friends and Legends
With Michael Stanley Band
- You Break It…You Bought It! (1975)
- Ladies’ Choice (1976)
- Stagepass (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)
Michael Stanley Interview
Q. I’ve heard that in Cleveland this group can outdraw the super groups. Is that true?
A. We broke Led Zeppelin’s record at Richfield Coliseum and drew 42,000 people to the Blossom Music Center, breaking the Doobie Bros.’ record.
Q. What’s the music scene like in Cleveland?
A. After traveling all over the country, I can say Cleveland has an extremely healthy music scene. You’ve got some incredible halls there as well as a flourishing local music scene. If they like you, you can develop a following.
Q. Where are some of the other strong areas for the group?
A. St. Louis, Florida has been real good to us, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale.
Q. How do you feel about being compared to Bruce Springsteen?
A. I take it as a big compliment. Usually I’ll be compared to either Springsteen or Seger. We’re about the same age and grew up listening to the same things. To me Springsteen is the best.
Q. You recently opened for Jeff Beck. What was that like?
A. Jeff and his people were all great. The audience reaction varied in different parts of the country. It wasn’t the most compatible bill because we’re more vocally oriented than Jeff’s band.
Q. Do you have any advice to give beginning groups?
A. Surround yourself with people who are proficient at whatever job they do and who you can trust, so that you can concentrate on the music