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Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley

Excellence In Broadcasting/Class Of 2012

 Michael Stanley BandMichael Stanley Gee (March 25, 1948 – March 5, 2021) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and radio personality. Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band in the Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s. Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School  1966. He attended Hiram College on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor's degree.

While in college, Michael Stanley was in the band Silk which released an album, Smooth As Raw Silk, on ABC Records in 1969.While working as a regional manager for a record store chain, he released his first solo album, Michael Stanley, in 1973. The album and its follow-up Friends & Legends were produced by Bill Szyczyky and featured contributions from Joe Walsh, Todd Rundrung and David Sandborn.

The Michael Stanley Band was formed by Stanley in 1974 with singer-songwriter–lead guitarist Daniel Pecchion.

The group reached the peak of their popularity nationally in 1981 when the single "He Can't Love you” The band dissolved in 1987 with a series of 12 farewell shows at the Front Row Theater in Highland Heights, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) during the 1986–87 holiday season. Since then, Stanley performed regularly throughout Northeast Ohio with former members of MSB and with the Resonators and as Michael Stanley and Friends.

In 2004, the sketch comedy produced Michael Stanley Superstar: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Cuyahoga Messiah, a play which parodied Stanley's status as a local celebrity.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Michael Stanley among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Michael Stanley – guitar, vocals

  • Jonah Koslen – lead guitar, vocals (1974–77)
  • Daniel Pecchio – bass, vocals (1974–79)
  • Tommy Dobeck – drums
  • Bob Pelander – keyboards (1976–87)
  • Gary Markasky – lead guitar (1978–83)
  • Kevin Raleigh – keyboards, vocals (1978–87)
  • Michael Gismondi – bass (1979–87)
  • Rick Bell – saxophone (1982–84)
  • Danny Powers – lead guitar (1983–87)

Stanley was the co-host of PM Magazine and from 1990 until his death in 2021, Stanley was the afternoon drive disc jockey for radio station, WNCX, in Cleveland.

Stanley died in his sleep on March 5, 2021, after suffering for seven months with lung cancer.

In 2012 he was the recipient of The Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Excellence in Radio Award

Rest in Peace Dear Friend!


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