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The Manhattans – The 2016 Tour
Whether this classic R&B vocal act is performing at the Selland Arena in Fresno, the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland, or any of the other iconic and state-of-the-art venues booked for their latest tour, the Manhattans are sure to blow you away. Don't miss out on your chance to see one of the biggest vocal groups of the '60s, '70s, and '80s perform in concert! Grab your friends and family, and get your tickets today.
About the Manhattans
The Manhattans are a classic R&B vocal act who managed to sustain an incredibly long-lasting career by adapting their sound to fit changing trends. Established in the '60s as an R&B quintet with a doo wop influence, the Manhattans updated their style as smooth soul singers in the '70s. In this way, they somehow managed to overcome the death of frontman George Smith. With new lead singer Gerald Alston, they became more popular than ever before, releasing a number one crossover hit with 1976's "Kiss and Say Goodbye". Helmed by Winfred "Blue" Lovett (who also wrote some of the outfit's greatest hits), the Manhattans were a viably charting outfit well into the '80s, more than 20 years after their debut.
In 1962, the Manhattans were formed not in the city of their namesake, but in the nearby Jersey City, NJ. The act was based around frontman George "Smitty" Smith and sometimes-leading bass vocalist Winfred "Blue" Lovett. Other original singers were Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Richard Taylor, and Kenny Kelley. Bivins occasionally wrote material with the multi-talented Lovett. Two years after their formation, the Manhattans were signed to Carnival, a Newark-based label, and producer Joe Evans was behind the boards. The group landed their first hit with "I Wanna Be (Your Everything)" in early 1965. The single peaked at number 12 on the R&B chart and proved the group's facility for ballads. "I Wanna Be" was the first of eight Carnival singles, a string that lasted until 1967. None of these were massive hits, but almost all of them made the R&B Top 30 and are still prized by vocal-group soul aficionados for Smith's intense vocals, the group's aching harmonies, and their refusal to concede to mainstream pop markets.
In 1969, the group signed to the DeLuxe label and released a number of singles in 1970. Smith sadly fell ill that year, and Phil Terrell was temporarily hired to replace him. Unfortunately, Smith died in 1971, and Gerald Alston was hired as his permanent replacement. Alston brought a more polished, pop-friendly sound to the act. This quality quickly manifested itself when "One Life to Live", written by Lovett, cracked the R&B Top Five late in 1972, giving the group their first big hit. The next year, the Manhattans moved to the Columbia label, where their first single for the company, the Bivins-penned "There's No Me Without You", shot to number three on the R&B chart. Originally helmed by producer Bobby Martin, the group's records now followed the sweet, string-driven sound of '70s soul. The group made the R&B Top Ten once again with "Don't Take Your Love" in 1974 and "Hurt" in 1975. Their biggest success, however, was still to come.
Early in 1975, the group had cut a Lovett song titled "Kiss and Say Goodbye", which they issued as a single almost an entire year later. After "Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor, it would become the second platinum single in music history. In the spring of 1976, it was the Manhattans' first chart-topper on both the pop and R&B charts – an incredible accomplishment, considering that the group had never landed a singles higher than number 37 on the Billboard 200. Although it was hard to follow up on the across-the-board triumph of "Kiss and Say Goodbye", the outfit released a string of Top Tens on the R&B chart ("Am I Losing You", "We Never Danced to a Love Song", "It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad", and "I Kinda Miss You") that lasted until early 1978. The Manhattans were now fixtures of the new quiet storm format. Their inertia slowed over the next few years, but they made a strong comeback with "Shining Star" in 1980 – not a cover of the hit by Earth, Wind & Fire, but a composition co-written with the Manhattans' newest producer Leo Graham. The single made the Top Five on both the R&B and pop charts, was certified gold, and earned a Grammy Award – overall, not too shabby.
The Manhattans' final big hit was 1983's "Crazy", their last Top Five R&B single. Their last Top 40 single was their 1985 cover of "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke. That same year, Richard Taylor left the Manhattans, which continued as a four-piece for a few years. In December of 1987, Taylor passed away. In 1988, Alston was signed to Motown as a solo act, and the group subsequently left the Columbia label. They cut a record for Valley Vue, a small label, before breaking up. In 1993, Lovett and Alston reunited with new singers David Tyson and Troy May, and they toured regularly into the 21st century and occasionally recorded on small labels.
The Manhattans' hit singles include "There's No Me Without You" (1973), "Don't Take Your Love" (1975), the chart-topping "Kiss and Say Goodbye" (1976), "I Kinda Miss You" (1976), and the Grammy-winning "Shining Star" (1980).
The Manhattans' biggest albums are The Manhattans (1976), It Feels So Good (1977), There's No Good in Goodbye (1978), After Midnight (1980), and Black Tie (1981).
The Manhattans' second frontman Gerald Alston is the nephew of Shirley Alston-Reeves, the lead singer of the Shirelles.
The Manhattans Concert Experience
Get ready for one of the smoothest and most timeless performances of vocal R&B in music history. Formed in 1962, this vocal quartet landed innumerable tracks and albums on the charts for more than two decades. They continue to tour to this day, and their performances are as strong as ever. Whether you are enraptured by Gerald Alston's unbelievable vocals or the enduring lyrics of Winfred Lovett, the Manhattans' concert experience is one that you can't afford to miss.
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