The Michael Stanley Band's Record-Setting Blossom Run at 40

How the Heartland rockers built a regional following so big they drew 74,404 fans to the Cuyahoga Falls venue for a four-night stand in 1982

By Matt Mitchell

Before Cleveland had Bernie Kosar, LeBron or Drew Carey, the city’s beloved hero was Michael Stanley, a Rocky River kid turned local legend, a rockstar who found stints of national fame during his decades-long career but who captured the hearts and minds of Northeast Ohio so fully that, for us, there was, for a time, no bigger star. Part of what makes Stanley’s lore so proverbial was how he did for Cleveland what Bruce Springsteen was doing for New Jersey, but better...

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