The group scored in 1981 when the song He can’t love you broke the Billboard Top 40, reaching 33rd place in the charts. Two years later, My city became the group’s second Top 40 hit, peaking at No. 39. He will have a posthumous album, Difficult room, later this year.
Stanley was deeply involved in the local community, so much so that a section of Huron Avenue in Cleveland was renamed Michael Stanley Way in 2019.
The Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released a statement on Saturday, remembering Stanley as “our city’s most beloved musician, songwriter and rocker.
“His music from the heart resonated with legions of listeners, and his concerts set attendance records and assumed legendary proportions. Most importantly, Michael’s songs spoke to our hearts. As fans, we loved and revered him, and in return, he loved us back. The energy of his music and his ability to bring people together helped make Cleveland the rock and roll capital of the world, and inspired the community to come together and make our city the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. . Michael will be sorely missed.
Survivors include daughters Anna Sary (Christian) and Sarah Sharp (Aaron); her sister, Nancy Oosterhoudt and her niece Claire Kloss; his wife, Ilsa Glanzberg and stepson Cole Sweeney; and his five grandchildren – Mallory Sidoti (Mike), Aidan Kraus, Brody Kraus, Wren Sary and Phoebe Sary. He is predeceased by his mother, Martha Fitzpatrick; her father, Stanley Gee; and his late wife, Denise Skinner.