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Stanley, James Lee

Stanley, James Lee, composer, producer, guitar, keyboards, singer; b. Philadelphia, PA, 30 April 1946. He was born to Mary Stanley (nee Borio) and C. James Stanley. His sisters were born every three years thereafter: Sandra (1949), Pamala (1952) and then Robin (1958). Pamala is an artist in her own right with several recordings on various labels and a top 5 record of the year composed by James Lee Stanley and Vince Melamed entitled, "Coming Out of Hiding. "

James was already performing and recording for LeGrand Records by the time he was fourteen. He majored in music at Cal State University, did a stint in the Air Force as a chinese linguist, and was subsequently performing three hundred dates a year with such diverse acts as Bonnie Raitt, Freddie Hubbard, Robin Williams, Chick Corea & Return To Forever, Steven Wright, and Bill Cosby by the time he landed his second recording contract. He was the first person to ever use the electric stick on a commercial recording and it was played by Emmett Chapman, the inventor. He also used the prototype of the "pignose" first on the commercial recording. James Lee Stanley, Too for Wooden Nickel/RCA Records in 1973.

Recordings:
James Lee Stanley (1973); James Lee Stanley, Too (1973); 3's The Charm (1974); Midnight Radio (1980); Eclipse (1982); Racing The Moon (1984); Live  (1986); Simpatico (1988); Ripe For Distraction  (1990); The Envoy (1993); Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1995); Domino Harvest (1996); Two Man Band (with Peter Tork) (1997); Once Again (with Peter Tork) (1998); Freelance Human Being (1999); Two Man Band Two (with Michael Smith) (2000); Traces Of The Old Road   (2003); All Wood and Stones (2004); Peter Tork & James Lee Stanley  Live@the Backstage (2006); The Eternal Contradiction (2007).
As sideperson:
Sharon Abreu: Sanctuary; Don Dunn: Odessa; Peter Tork: Stranger Things Have Happened; James Durst: Wish I Were Here; Ellen Stapenhorst: Invisible Threads; The ***king Daffodils; Thom Bishop:  Restless State of Grace; Mike Pinder (Moody Blues); Tom Dundee:  Roadmap; Nicolette Larson; Danny O'Keefe: ReDux (executive producer); Pamala Stanley: Coming Out of Hiding and Seasons; Laurence Juber: Solo Flight (executive producer); Rick Ruskin: Turn the Page (executive producer).

Television broadcasts:
Composed/Scored and Produced:  Love Theme - "Digger", w/John Heard  & Meg Tilly Theme - "Carpool", CBS-TV Movie of the Week; Love Theme  - "Key Exchange", w/Brooke Adams HBO Tom Parks Special (Ace Award Nominee); Cathy III, CBS-TV (Prime Time); Tom Parks/ADA Video  (Seven Awards); Cathy II, CBS-TV (Prime Time); Cathy I, CBS-TV  (Prime Time and Emmy Award Winner).

Awards:
Fi Magazine listed his Freelance Human Being as one of the finest recordings of 1998 and one of the Top 200 Recordings of all time - FI Magazine March 1999.

Contact information:
James Lee Stanley
C/O Beachwood Recordings
Post Office Box 4848,                                                                 
West Hills, CA 91367
Official Website: http://www.jamesleestanley.com
Other Website:  http://www.allwoodandstones.com

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