Cleveland rocker Michael Stanley died at age 72 after battling lung cancer
CLEVELAND – Michael Stanley, a Cleveland rocker who, with the band that bears his name, reached the Top 40 in the 1980s with the hits “He Can’t Love You” and “My Town” before embarking on a long career as a radio record. jockey, he’s dead. He was 72 years old.
Stanley died Thursday after a seven-month battle with lung cancer, his family said in a statement. Rock radio station WNCX in Cleveland, where he worked for 30 years, posted a message from Stanley himself, saying:
“Hey gang… Well if you’re reading this then I’m going to catch up on that great club tour in heaven. But before the bus leaves, I wanted to thank everyone for being a part of my musical journey, both on stage, on the record and behind the mic here at WNCX.
Accompanied by his signature, Stanley’s farewell continued: “Someone once said that if you love your job, then it’s not really work. And if that’s true (and I definitely believe it is), then I’ve been happily out of a job for over fifty years! “
The Cleveland legend released his first album while still in college and formed the Michael Stanley Band in 1974. After a brief period of national popularity in the early 1980s, sales fell and the band disbanded in 1987. Stanley, Also a composer, he continued to record and tour, and remained beloved in his hometown as a radio and television personality, performer, and recording artist.
“He was so emblematic of that raging heart that doesn’t care that he is going to lose, he will still leave everything on the field. And when he wrote those songs, those kids in a city where the river caught fire and the lake died, they felt like their lives mattered, “music critic and author Holly Gleason told Cleveland.com. “If you were a kid coming of age in Cleveland in the ’70s or’ 80s, he was our hand in the brass ring.”
A private funeral was planned for Stanley.