Grammy winners The Manhattan Transfer rose to fame in the '70s with a mix of musical stylings, including jazz, doo-wop, bop and boogie-woogie, and an image that evoked late-night jazz clubs, smoky lounges and cafe society.
In the 1980s, The Manhattan Transfer won a number of Grammy Awards, the first for their iconic cover of Weather Report's "Birdland."
The Manhattan Transfer history
The Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969, and quickly secured a contract with Capitol Records. Their debut album, Jukin', was issued in 1971. However, they broke up in 1973 as members went in different musical directions.
Tim Hauser was the only member of both versions of the group. The first edition was a five-part harmony group with Hauser, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, Gene Pistilli and Erin Dickens. The second began in 1972, consisting of Hauser, Laurel Masse, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul. Masse was badly injured in an accident, and Cheryl Bentyne took over her role. After Hauser died in 2014, Trist Curless joined as a permanent member.
In 1983, the album Bodies and Souls spawned two singles: "Spice of Life" reached No. 40 on the American pop chart and hit No. 19 in the U.K. "Mystery" climbed to No. 80 on the R&B chart and No. 102 on the Pop chart.
The Manhattan Transfer was honored for Best Jazz Fusion Performance and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices (for "Birdland") at the Grammys in 1980. Next, their version of "The Boy from New York City" garnered the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. They followed that up with "Until I Met You (Corner Pocket)," which received the Grammy for Best Jazz Performance, Duo or Group. In short order, they won the Grammy for their version of "Route 66." In 1985, they won two Grammy's: first for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group, and secondly for Best Arrangement for Voices. They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall Of Fame in 1998.