Born and raised in Cumberland, MD.,
Stan began singing professionally during
his high school years (Allegany HS),
doing club dates and proms with local
bands. Stan's first break came upon graduation
and leaving his hometown. A series of
Catskill Mountains gigs led him to a
frequent guest spot on a hit CBS radio
show hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, where
he sang with Ray Block and his band.
Stan had already recorded a single on
Impact Records and was working various
night spots in New York when Uncle Sam
drafted him into US Army. During his
army stint Stan proved his talents and
was chosen to tour at various Armed Forces
Upon discharge in 1964 Stan was singing
in New York again. In 1966 he began a
7-year association as MC singer with
the legendary Village Gate. In those
years he performed two tribute
shows to two great songwriters, Dorothy
Fields and Cy Coleman. Stan co-starred
with Christine Gardner in both shows
- each running one night (David Lahm,
son of Dorothy Fields, was the musical
Fields and Cy Coleman both performed
in both of the shows.
Stan left the Village Gate in 1973 to
headline in Frank Sinatra's favorite
spot, the Fountainbleu in Miami Beach,
FL. After his sensational run there the
Miami press dubbed him "Mr. Manhattan."
The rest of the 1970s found Stan extremely
busy working night clubs, including a
year at Gas Light Club, the daddy of
the Playboy club circuit. The 1980s found
Stan singing in jazz venues. One of his
favorites was Gregory's, where he sang
as a regular, over a three-year period.
In the 1980s Stan was a frequent guest
on Joe Franklin's popular radio show "Memory
Lane," and the late great comedian
Joey Adams' Show. After hearing tribute
to Frank Sinatra on his radio show, Joey
gave this quote: "Stan Edwards in
his own wonderful singing style plays
a musical tribute to Frank Sinatra. Frank
would be very proud of him."
In 1987 he returned to the Village Gate
as a singer, MC, and talent coordinator
for his own show, which ran five nights
a week until 1993, when Art D'Lugoff's
club closed its doors, finishing the
Village Gate's long historic run. During
that time, in 1991 and 1992, Stan starred
in "That's All," a musical
tribute to Bobby Darin, which he wrote
and directed in collaboration with Harriet
Wasser, Bobby Darin's long-time business
associate and close friend. The show
ran 71 times, favored by audiences and
When musical producer Len Triola heard
Stan's CD "Play Me Hearts And Flowers" and
saw him perform, he hired Stan for a
week of singing Sinatra's songs in a
tribute "Here's To Old Blue Eyes" at
the Tavern On The Green. Part of the
show was Stan's own parody to the tune
of "Lady Is A Tramp," called "That's
Why Old Blue Eyes Is A Champ" proved
a big hit.
Stan also did a series of concerts at
Saint Peter's Lutheran Church famed for
its jazz concerts as well as the services.
Three of his notable concerts were tributes
to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett (on his
50th anniversary in show business), and
Irvin Drake (a birthday celebration of
the noted composer, in which Irvin Drake
shared stage with Stan, along with Joe
Franklin, and singer Jill Corey).
1990s saw Stan as a frequent performer
at the Uptown Birdland, working cabaret
rooms, such as Danny's, and appearing
often at the Tavern On The Green. In
the later 1990s Stan started singing
with Linda Ipanema, his very talented
Mrs. They have been doing engagements
a festivals, street fares, night clubs,
libraries, and senior centers.
The new millennium found Stan appearing
with the Joe Bataglia Band on the celebrated
New Year's Eve party at the Tavern On
The Green, where he still appears often.
He headlined Jilly's in a week-long Tribute
to Old Blue Eyes, which was extended
by popular demand to run another week.
Stan toured with Tommy Dorcey Band under
the direction of Buddy Morrow and headlined
at the new Midtown Birdland in celebration
of his new CD My Tribute to That
Darin Guy which was co-produced
by Harriet Wasser and Len Triola.
The team of Stan and Linda are busier
than ever doing their concerts and shows
together, such as their two-hour show
dedicated to The Hit Parade from its
radio conception in 1934 until its TV
conclusion in 1959. The show proved a
big hit at the Triad Theatre on 72nd
Street in Manhattan.
Stan loves to sing, but the guy's equally
at home as a master of ceremonies and
as a creator of special material. He
loves to create new shows and has new
projects coming, on his and with Linda.
Look out for the new Christmas CD and
their new shows.