Happy Birthday Michael Stanley. If you're from the Youngstown area chances are the first concert you attended starred the Michael Stanley Band. This group has many local ties. Bass players Michael Gismondi and Daniel Pecchio and guitar player Gary Markasky are home town boys and Michael's mom is from East Palestine. Michael came up with the line"Thank God For The Man Who Put The White Lines On The Highway" while driving back to Cleveland in a snow storm on the turnpike after a show at the Youngstown Agora. In the clip below from American Bandstand Dick Clark talks about Youngstown too. It's a little known fact that Dick Clark had a son that lived in Poland.