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John Stanley Shelley is a professional entertainer from Laconia, New Hampshire. He is a singer, songwriter, and story teller, all rolled into one.  When he comes on the stage the audience is immediately drawn to his charismatic charm and story telling voice. 

He performs a mixture of classic songs you know and love sprinkled with tasty songs you may have forgotten but loved.  He has a wide variety of original material that includes blues, love songs, rock, and country material that always has a message and moves your soul.  

And get ready to laugh with his infamous “Dog Song,” “Where Did All The Cowboys Go,” or his latest gut buster, “The Toilet Seat Discussion.”

Available for public or private functions. Suitable for all ages.


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John Stanley Shelley, whose full name is John Stanley Shelley, grew up in Keene, New Hampshire as the poor adopted son of a Unitarian minister where he was forced to grow up in a household full of love, compassion and support. He was the youngest child of two and therefore a bit of a spoiled brat. (Ask his sister.) He ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a Ring-Ding junior every day of his childhood and watched Hogan’s Heroes and Star Trek every afternoon before dinner.

He bought his first guitar in 1978 and learned how to play a few chords. With that he went on to spend his life cooking in restaurants, waiting tables, living in basements, and eventually moving to Belize, Central America.

It was there that John would do his Jimmy Buffet thing: sailing and snorkeling during the day and playing in beach bars at night.  On one fateful day in 2015, a music director and record producer from Nashville came to San Pedro and heard John perform.  They quickly became friends and eventually joined up in Nashville, to produce an album together, “Man on the Hill.”  

John and his wife Linda moved back to Laconia, New Hampshire in 2018 where he has been performing full time-ish ever since. They have four children, three grand kids and although he is definitely too old to be a rock star, he doesn’t understand that which is why you are reading this today.

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Almighty Blues - John Stanley Shelley

American Pie - Don McLean

Any Time At All - Rachel Beinish

Ape Man - The Kinks


Back To San Pedro - Gerry Neumann

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Behind Blue Eyes - The Who

BINGO - Traditional

Blister In The Sun - Violent Fems

Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan

Bring It On Home - Animals

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison


Can't Find My Way Home - Steve Winwood

Cats in the CradLE - Harry Chapin

Chicago Died - Paper Lace

Come Together - The Beatles

Cover Of The Rolling Stone - Dr. Hook

Crocodile Rock - Elton John


Daniel - Elton John

Oh Danny Boy - Traditional

Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones

Dixie Chicken - Little Feat

Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Down on the Corner - Credence

The Dog Song - John Stanley Shelley


Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot


Feel Like Makin' Love - Bad Company

Feeling Alright - Joe Cocker

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Five O'Clock Somewhere - Alan Jackson

Flip Flop and Fly - Blues Brothers

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band

Folsome Blues - Johnny Cash

For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

Friends In Low Places - Garth Brooks


Getting in Tune The Who

Good Lovin - The Young Rascals

Good Time Song - John Stanley Shelley

Good@Drinkin' Beer - Billy Currington


Hokey Pokey - Traditional

Hotel California - The Eagles

House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals


I can see for miles - The Who

I like it I love it - Tim McGraw

I Don't Look Good Naked Anymore - Snake Oil Willie Band

If You're Happy And You Know It - Traditional

Important Things - John Stanley Shelley

Island Song - Zac Brown Band


Jailhouse Rock - Blues Brother's Version

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Barry


King Of The Road - Roger Miller

King Herod's Song - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Kodachrome - Paul Simon


Leroy Brown - Jim Croche

Light My Fire - The Doors

Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull

Love is Invisible - John Stanley Shelley

Love The One You're With - Steven Stills


Man on the Hill - John Stanley Shelley

Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet

Mary Jane's Last Dance - Tom Petty

Me and Julio - Paul Simon

Melissa - Allman Brothers

Midnight Special - Credence Clearwater Revival

Moondance - Van Morrison

Moon Shadow - Cat Stevens

Movin' Out - Billy Joel


No No Song - Ringo Star

No Shoes No Shirt - Kenny Chesney

Norwegian Wood - Beatles


On The Road Again - Willie Nelson

On The Phone Again - Parody


Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles

Penny Lane - The Beatles

Piano Man - Billy Joel

Pinball Wizard - The Who

Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Psyco Killer - Talking Heads

Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul, and Mary


Realize - John Stanley Shelley

Rise Up - Kevin Conway/John Stanley Shelley

Rivers Rocks And Rain - John Stanley Shelley

Rocket Man - Elton John


Sandman - America

Second That Emotion - Smoky Robinson

Signs - Five Man Electrical Band

Slip Sliding Away - Paul Simon

Small Boy - John Stanley Shelley

Some Beach - Blake Shelton

Space Oddity - David Bowie

Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

Stuck On You - Lionel Richie

Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond


Take Me Home Country Roads - John Denver

Temptation Woman - John Stanley Shelley

That's The Way - John Stanley Shelley

The Toilet Seat Discussion - John Stanley Shelley

The Weight - The Band

This Land Is Your Land - Woody Guthrie

Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

Toes - Zac Brown Band

Turn The Page - Bob Seger


Up on Cripple Creek - The Band


Volcano - Jimmy Buffet


Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

Was On Old Lady - Traditional

Wednesday Afternoon - John Stanley Shelley

Where Did All The Cowboys Go? - John Stanley Shelley

Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton


Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

You Are Unbeliveable - John Stanley Shelley

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