CLEVELAND (WJW)– Devastating information for music followers in Cleveland. Michael Stanley, 72, has died. He was recognized with lung most cancers final fall and fought till the very finish.
Michael Stanley Gee was born in 1948, the identical 12 months the Indians received the World Sequence. He liked baseball, enjoying all through his childhood in Cleveland and Rocky River. His capability earned him a baseball scholarship to Hiram School.
Michael additionally liked music. He realized to play guitar after watching performers like Elvis and Beatles on tv. He performed in a number of bands whereas he was a scholar at Rocky River Excessive Faculty, together with The Scepters and “Tree Stumps. He performed with the band Sylk throughout his school years.
Between his love of baseball and his love of music, music received out and he began specializing in his songwriting. In 1973, Michael recorded “Rosewood Bitters,” a track that might stick to him all through his profession and change into a fan favourite.
In between recording periods, Michael labored for a document retailer in Cleveland. Someday, he was requested to carry out at a rival retailer and he was let go. Michael had a choice to make.
“I used to be fired from my job, simply purchased a brand new automobile, had two infants and no employment between us, and I used to be like… What am I going to do now?”
Out of the necessity to simply pay the payments, the Michael Stanley Band was fashioned. They began getting regional recognition, and had been requested to open for bands like Reo Speedwagon, Low cost Trick, Foreigner, and Joe Walsh, who performed with Michael on his second album.
MSB went on to document albums like “Girls’ Alternative” and “Cabin Fever.” They had been gaining extra followers, as evident by a number of sold-out exhibits on the Agora in Cleveland. Michael recalled what’s was like again then, “The Agora held like 800 to 900 individuals, and for one present we put in 2,500.”
Michael Stanley Band made it large with the discharge of “Heartland,” going from opening act to headliner. The album stayed within the high 100 for greater than eight weeks. It spawned two enormous hits: “Lover” with the long-lasting saxophone of the late Clarence Clemons from the E. Road Band and “He Can’t Love You,” which was one of many first movies on MTV. It shot the one to quantity 33 on the Billboard High 100.
The early 80s albums “North Coast” and “MSB” introduced the band again to Blossom Music middle, the place they shattered attendance information present after present. The success even landed MSB on American Bandstand. It was an enormous dream come true for Michael.
“To be on the present and have Dick Clark react to us as excited as he would have been to see Led Zepplin, that was nice,” Michael mentioned.
MSB broke up within the mid-80s and allowed Michael the possibility to begin the second half of his profession. Michael co-hosted PM Journal on FOX 8 for a number of years. He additionally adopted within the footsteps of his father Stan Gee, a longtime radio DJ and announcer. Michael spent 30 years broadcasting on 98.5 WNCX. He earned 11 Emmy awards and is a member of the Cleveland Broadcasters Corridor of Fame.
Regardless of his success, he handled a number of challenges that might have ended his profession: a near-fatal coronary heart assault within the early 90s, dropping his mom to pancreatic most cancers and dropping his third spouse Denise to lung most cancers. Michael himself battled prostate most cancers, however his music allowed him to realize perspective and supply an outlet. In a 2014 interview, Michael talked in regards to the struggles.
“You need to select the way you’re going to cope with that. Are you going to twist up and sit like a sick canine till it’s over? Or reside your life? And hopefully, that’s the selection I made.”
In 2019, Michael acquired the Cleveland Arts Prize Lifetime Achievement award and Cleveland Metropolis Council renamed Huron Street “Michael Stanley Manner.”
Within the fall of 2020, Michael fought lung most cancers. Finally, the illness took his life. Throughout his 50 years of music and 70-plus years on earth, Michael Stanley was synonymous with Cleveland. His reminiscence lives on together with his youngsters, grandchildren and 40 albums price of music.
Michael’s household thanks the followers for at all times being there and for his or her love and assist. Michael might be laid to relaxation in a personal service at Lake View Cemetery. His household asks that contributions in Michael’s title be made to the Larger Cleveland Meals Financial institution and the Cleveland Animal Protecting League.
Stanley’s household launched a press release to radio station 98.5 Saturday morning:
Cleveland singer and songwriter Michael Stanley Gee handed away peacefully at dwelling on March fifth together with his household by his facet. He was 72 years outdated. Michael battled lung most cancers for seven months with the identical energy and dignity he carried all through his life. He’ll at all times be remembered as a loving father, brother, husband, a loyal good friend, and the chief of one among Cleveland’s most profitable rock bands.
Michael might be laid to relaxation at Lake View Cemetery. The service might be personal. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his reminiscence could be made to the Cleveland Meals Financial institution (www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org) and/or the Cleveland Animal Protecting League (www.clevelandapl.org). Michael’s household wish to thank Hospice of the Western Reserve for his or her devoted care, his pals and prolonged household for “being there”, and his followers for his or her love and assist in the course of the previous forty years. As he at all times mentioned, “It’s your world, listen.”
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