Thursday, June 13, 2013

"He Can't Love You" by the Michael Stanley Band

Song#:  0408
Date:  11/22/1980
Debut:  86
Peak:  33
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Cleveland native Stanley had been recording music since 1969 when his first group Silk release their debut album. A few years later, Stanley struck out on his own and released a couple of solo discs. By 1975, he had formed a group and the Michael Stanley Band released their debut album for Epic. Throughout the 70s, the group would release a string of albums that nicked the lower reaches of the chart with no singles sparking nationally. However, in Stanley's hometown and in the Midwest, they were hugely popular. National recognition finally arrived when their 1980 album "Heartland" was released. This single from the LP got them their first real taste of national success and became their best effort on the singles chart.

ReduxReview:  Although released at the end of November, this just screams summer to me. It's a nice rockin' song that kind of reminds me of a solid Kenny Loggins tune mixed with a little Huey Lewis. And it sounds very movie-theme-y too.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was written by band member and co-lead singer Kevin Raleigh. After the group disbanded in 1987, he issued a solo album in 1989 that yielded the #60 pop chart entry "Moonlight on Water." Laura Branigan covered the song and took it to #59 in 1990. However, Raleigh did not write the song. It was written by Andy Goldmark and Steve Kipner. Kipner was co-writer of one of the most famous songs from the 80s - Olivia Newton-John's "Physical."  2) The sax solo was played by E-Streeter Clarence Clemons.


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