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Today's Song You Should Know: 'My Town' By The Michael Stanley Band

06 March, 2021

Michael Stanley died on Friday after battling lung cancer for seven months and if you lived in Cleveland, you might know him best for his thirty-year stint as the afternoon drive voice of the classic rock station 98.5 WNCX. But for Midwestern rock fans of a certain era, his music was a fixture of their lives as head of The Michael Stanley Band.

Born Michael Stanley Gee in Northwest Ohio, record executives changed his name when he signed his first record deal in 1969. But it was when he formed The Michael Stanley Band in 1974 after losing his day job that his musical fortunes changed. The band went on to release 11 albums and have two top 40 hits: "He Can't Love You" hit #33 in 1981 and "My Town" got as high as #39 in 1983. The band finally broke up in 1987 and in a 2019 interview with Cleveland Magazine, Stanley said he only had one regret about the experience:

"My biggest regret is that, for a lot of people, there was a feeling that it wasn’t a successful band or that we were only a Cleveland band. We toured seven or eight months out of the year for 13 years. We had two top 40 hits. You don't do that if you're not successful. Did we reach the level that we wanted to, or that the fans wanted us to? No, we didn't."

"My Town" is the quintessential Michael Stanley song. Solid midwestern rock with a hook that is the definition of ear candy. While Stanley never had a huge national breakthrough, he left behind some really great rock and roll.