He Can’t Love You – Michael Stanley Band

Reaching way back in the archives for this one.  This was one of the first videos ever played on MTV back in 1981.  Although this song was their biggest hit, I have been a fan since 1974, with the release of the song “Rosewood Bitters”  (still in my top 10 songs of all time).  His concert in 1975 was  one of the first concerts I ever went to.

Michael Stanley (born March 25, 1948 as Michael Stanley Gee in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and disc jockey.   Both as a solo artist and with the Michael Stanley Band, his brand of heartland rock was popular in Cleveland and around the American Midwest in the 1970s and 1980s.

Michael Stanley Gee graduated from Rocky River High School in 1966. In 1970, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College where he was a disc jockey for WHRM, the school’s radio station, and was elected to the Student Senate.

Stanley worked with producer Bill Szymczyk and artists such as Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, and David Sanborn.   In 1974 Stanley formed the Michael Stanley Band and recorded albums through the mid 1970s and early 1980s.

Stanley’s song “Let’s Get the Show on the Road” was covered on the 2000 album Live in the Classic City by Widespread Panic. “My Town” was covered by Little Texas on their album Big Time. “Rosewood Bitters” was covered by Joe Walsh on his 1985 album The Confessor.

His highest charting singles with the Michael Stanley Band were “He Can’t Love You” (#33) in 1980 and “My Town” in 1983 (#39), which both got decent nationwide airplay. In fact, “He Can’t Love You” was the 45th video ever played on MTV. The Michael Stanley Band was such a huge sensation in its home area that it still holds attendance records at Cuyahoga Falls’ Blossom Music Center. Additionally, The Ohio State University Marching Band uses “My Town” as one of their premier stand tunes.

This video  is as cheesy as they come, however, it embodies what the early 80’s video sensation was all about.  It is still a fitting part of the archives for “those who have ears to hear”.


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