Saturday, March 6, 2021

Quips and Quotations (Rust Belt Rock Edition)



Hey gang...Well, if you're reading this then I am off to catch up with that big club tour in the sky. But before the bus pulls out I wanted to thank all of you for being part of my musical journey, both on the stage, on record, and behind the microphone here at WNCX...Somebody once said that if you love your job then it's not really work. And if that's true (and I definitely think it is) then I have been happily out of work for over fifty years!

--Michael Stanley, Cleveland-area rock star--yep, that's how we rightfully viewed him--local television personality, and radio disc jockey. The Michael Stanley Band was a popular attraction here on America's North Coast from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s and set attendance records at such local venues as the Richfield Coliseum and Blossom Music Center, a big deal at the time as these places were where all the nationally-known rock acts--including Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen--played when they swung by the Metropolis of the Western Reserve during the mayorships of Ralph Perk, Dennis Kucinich, and George Voinovich. If all this info is a bit too local for you, then I should point out that MSB came pretty damn close to being a nationally-known rock act itself as it made the Top 40 several times and once even had a video on MTV. The above quote is from a purposely posthumous letter posted on the web site of the classic rock station where Stanley's been deejaying for the past few years.

The guy who sings lead and gets run over by the tow motor in the above clip is keyboardist Kevin Raleigh, who also wrote the song, MSB's biggest hit. What follows are songs where Stanley himself sings lead. After all, the band IS named after him:  

Finally, here's a video shot in and around Cleveland:

Good place for a hall of fame, huh?

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