The pride of Rocky River High School and Cleveland treasure Michael Stanley started playing music in the mid-1960s, performing in bands such as Scepter, the Tree Stumps, and Silk. Stanley secured a gig with Cleveland’s Disc Records and worked his way up to Regional Manager. While there, Stanley released his first solo album, ‘Michael Stanley,’ in 1973. That record and its follow-up, ‘Friends & Legends,’ were produced by Bill Szymczyk and featured contributions from Joe Walsh, David Sanborn and Todd Rundgren.
In 1974 he formed the Michael Stanley Band with singer-songwriter and guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, the Michael Stanley Band enjoyed a strong and fiercely loyal following, touring with superstar bands of that period (including Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner, and the Doobie Brothers). They enjoyed several Top 20 and Top 30 hits, among them “He Can’t Love You” and “My Town.” Stanley embarked on a successful TV career, eventually landing a gig as the popular afternoon drive time DJ at Cleveland’s WNCX.
He resumed his musical pursuits in the 2000s, and since then has maintained an amazing schedule, juggling live performances, brilliant solo records and his radio job.
His latest offering is 2017’s ‘Stolen Time,’ which contains thirteen new Stanley tunes and features everything from rockers such as the opener “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” to “Hanging By A Thread / When I’m Gone,” a lilting remembrance of the late protest singer Phil Ochs.
Known for his work with the Jaggerz and Wild Cherry during the 1970s, and for his solo career beginning in the 1980s with his band, the Cruisers. He wrote the #2 Billboard hit, “The Rapper,” with the Jaggerz in 1970 and was a member of Wild Cherry after the group had a #1 hit with “Play That Funky Music.” He also achieved fame as a solo artist in the early 1980s with the #29 hit “Ah! Leah!” and the #37 hit “Love Is Like a Rock.”
In addition to performing on the first three Jaggerz albums and the fourth and final Wild Cherry album, Iris with his solo band has released eleven studio albums, one EP, two live albums, and two compilation albums. He continues to intermittently release new material and tour throughout the greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio areas.