A particularly colorful part of the funky tapestry that was Detroit’s rock scene of the 1960s is now gone, with the death Sunday of Stanley the Mad Hatter, longtime Detroit rock emcee and gadfly.
Stanley — his real name was Stanley Zillifro — died at home in Ypsilanti, of complications from prostate cancer. He was 62.
The nickname derived from the black top hat Stanley the Mad Hatter always wore while introducing bands on the stages of downtown Detroit rock emporiums including the Cinderella Ballroom and the Eastown Theater during the rock glory days of the late ’60s and early ’70s. (He never stopped wearing the top hat, swapping it occasionally for a ball cap.)His voice can be heard on the J. Geils Band live album “Full House,” as he introduced the group onstage at their infamous, riotous Cinderella Ballroom show.