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Michael Stanley

March 25, 2021 - On what would have been his 73rd birthday, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame joined in a citywide celebration of Michael Stanley Day, honoring the longtime Cleveland rocker, radio, and TV personality. 


As part of the celebration, fans joined Michael Stanley’s family and members of The Resonators for a special presentation including the Mayor’s proclamation and remarks by Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley.


Artifacts from Stanley’s career will be on display in the Rock Hall’s In Memoriam exhibit, including his Jon Hill custom guitar and new items from Stanley’s collection, including handwritten lyrics and set lists. Throughout the day, Stanley’s iconic music and lyrics played inside the museum and on the Rock Hall’s Rock Boxes located downtown along East 9th Street. 


Stations throughout Northeast Ohio, including his home station of 98.5 WNCX, played his hit song “My Town” in unison at 10:35 a.m.




Michael Stanley Day - LIVE MARCH 25th, 2021

Michael Stanley Day - LIVE MARCH 25th, 2021


GALLERY: Michael Stanley Day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


GALLERY: Items from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's Library & Archives

"Dear Friends,


It is with a heavy heart that we share that Cleveland’s native son and local treasure Michael Stanley has passed away. Michael was our city’s most beloved musician, songwriter and rocker. His heartland music resonated with legions of listeners, and his concerts set attendance records and took on mythic proportions. Even more importantly, Michael's songs spoke to our hearts. As fans we adored and revered him, and in return he loved us right back. The energy of his music and its ability to bring people together helped to make Cleveland the Rock and Roll Capital of the World, and it galvanized the community to rally together and make our city the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. We will miss Michael dearly.


My sincere condolences go out to the Stanley family on the passing of Michael. His contributions to rock and roll and our region will not be forgotten, and we are honored to preserve his legacy and tell his story forever at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame."


Greg Harris
President & CEO, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

About Michael Stanley

The Michael Stanley Band, formed in 1974, broke attendance records multiple times at Blossom Music Center, the Richfield Coliseum, the Front Row Theatre and MGM Northfield Park. Michael Stanley and The Resonators final live performance took place at The Akron Civic Theatre on March 7, 2020 when Michael and The Resonators performed Stage Pass Revisited, a recreation of the landmark album Stage Pass recorded at The Agora in 1977. One of MSB’s greatest achievements was the total attendance record of 74,404 during a four-night stand at Blossom Music Center in 1982. 

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