Willoughby Hills should pay tribute to Michael Stanley

A tribute to Michael Stanley, plus a Michael Stanley Band memorabilia stand, will kick off Willoughby Hills’ Rock N Roll Day event this weekend.

“My sister and I are constantly overwhelmed with the support and recognition Cleveland has given my father, but especially Willoughby Hills,” said Sarah Sharp, Stanley’s daughter. “He has lived there for 25 years. He loved the city and we are honored to help preserve his legacy. It’s an incredible encounter. »

The event will take place on August 13 at 35405 Chardon Road from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking will be available at City Hall, Saint-Noël, the community center soccer fields and at the Chagrin North Medical buildings at the corner of Route 6 and 91. There will be a marked path along the road for walkers to the event.

A shadowbox dedication for Michael Stanley on the lower level of Willoughby Hills Town Hall. (Submitted)

There are currently three events scheduled inside the community center at 35400 Chardon Road.

Sharp, along with his sister, Anna Sary, will be holding a booth for Line Level Music, a company Stanley started when he started his solo music career.

“We took over after he passed away and will be selling his merchandise,” Sharp said. “He used it as a vessel to produce and distribute his solo music. While he was playing with the Resonators, that music was filtering through that and he was selling merchandise.

Since her dad wasn’t into social media, Sharp thinks he was never able to get as far as she thinks he could have.

“When he passed away, my sister and I were very committed to taking this (Line Level Music) back, to keeping his legacy alive, to giving fans the music they wanted,” Sharp said. “I got him, his music and the merchandise that people wanted on social media for more people. It just took off last year.

Taking over Line Level Music was like therapy for Sharp and her sister.

  • Michael Stanley with his twin daughters, Sarah Sharp, left, and...

    Michael Stanley with his twin daughters, Sarah Sharp, left, and Anna Sary. The pair will have a memorabilia booth at Willoughby Hills’ Rock N Roll Day event this weekend. (photo sent)

  • Michael Stanley with his granddaughters on stage.  (Sarah Sharp)

    Michael Stanley with his granddaughters on stage. (Sarah Sharp)

  • Michael Stanley started as a solo artist in 1973...

    Michael Stanley began as a solo artist in 1973 with two albums before forming the Michael Stanley Band. (Joe Cleon)

“It’s been amazing because of the amount of love and support,” Sharp said. “People still want to wear his T-shirts, buy his albums and watch his DVDs. It was an honor to do this. It helped us get through the heartbreak of losing our dad by doing that and having interaction with the fans.

Stanley died last year at the age of 72. He has been described as the very symbol of rock and roll in Cleveland. Stanley began as a solo artist in 1973 with two albums before forming the Michael Stanley Band, whose 1975 debut on Epic Records, “You Break It…You Bought It”, introduced the more robust and suitable anthems to the arena for which the band became known. . The band had their biggest national profile in 1981 when the single “He Can’t Love You” reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Stanley died last year at the age of 72.  He...

    Stanley died last year at the age of 72. He was described as the very symbol of rock and roll for decades in Cleveland. (Sarah Sharp)

  • Michael Stanley with his grandchildren.  (Sarah Sharp)

    Michael Stanley with his grandchildren. (Sarah Sharp)

“We grew up in South Euclid, then my dad moved to a couple different towns, but he ended up in Willoughby Hills and loved it,” Sharp said. “He had a secluded house in the woods, had dogs, animals and loved being there.”

When their father was at the height of his career with the Michael Stanley Band, Sharp and his sister were young.

“We didn’t get a chance to really appreciate the musician and songwriter,” Sharp said. “As we grew up and continued to go to his concerts, and saw the other things he did on radio and TV, we were overwhelmed by the following he had – the devoted fans. He always was a dad to us first, but after his passing it put the whole Michael Stanley story in a whole new light. We had no idea how many lives he touched with his music with the encounters that he had with people.

Sharp describes his father as extremely talented, generous and grateful.

“I think people saw that and enjoyed his music, and I’m so glad Cleveland thinks of him that way,” she said. “My sister and I would like to thank Willoughby Hills and everyone involved in organizing this event. We appreciate the recognition of our father, his music and his legacy.

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