Michael Stanley and the Resonators
Cleveland’s native son Michael Stanley is a regional phenomenon both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band whose brand of heartland rock was popular in the 1970s and 1980s. While working as a regional manager for a record chain, 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.The Michael Stanley Band was formed in 1974 with singer-songwriter-lead guitarist Jonah Koslen, former Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio and drummer Tommy Dobeck from the band Circus.
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 band called it quits in 1986 and since then, Stanley has performed regularly throughout Northeast Ohio with former members of MSB and with his latest band, the Resonators: Tommy Dobeck (drums), Bob Pelander (piano/vocals), Danny Powers (guitars/vocals), Jennifer Lee (vocals/percussion), Rodney Psyka (percussion/vocals), Marc Lee Shannon (guitar/sauce), Eroc Sosinski (bass/vocals), and Paul Christensen (sax).
His newest album, Stolen Time, features 13 new Stanley tunes and features everything from the rocking 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.
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’s been the afternoon drive DJ for Cleveland’s WNCX since 1990.