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Encyclopedia > The Manhattans
The Manhattans

Country USA
Years active 1966-2002
Genre(s) R&B
Label(s) Carnival Records, Columbia Records, King Records

The Manhattans is a popular R&B group from Jersey City, New Jersey. They were formed in 1962 and best known for when they released albums on Columbia Records. Image File history File links TheManhattans. ... Image File history File links TheManhattans. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Carnival Records was a record company started in 1961 by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... U.S. King Records logo King Records was a United States based record label, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, started in 1943 by Syd Nathan, specializing in country music, at the time still known as Hillbilly music. King advertised If its a King, Its a Hillbilly -- If its... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Location Location of Jersey City within New Jersey. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ...

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Beginning history

The Manhattans formed in 1962 with members George "Smitty" Smith, Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Winifred "Blue" Lovett, Kenny "Wally" Kelley, and Richard "Ricky" Taylor. Bivins, Lovett, and Kelley were graduating from Lincoln High School, while Taylor and Smith were graduating from Snyder High School. All five enlisted in the armed forces, and came together as a group following their discharges from their respective branches.


The group's first single was For The First Time, released in August of 1964 by Carnival Records. Many consider August 15, 1964, the date of recording, to be the official start of the group. The group continued recording with great success, with the songs written by various members of the group. In 1968, the group received the award "Most Promising Group" by NATRA. In 1969, the group jumped to the Deluxe label of King Records. They then went on a college tour. While playing at Kittrell College in North Carolina, the group met another group, the New Imperials, who featured member Gerald Alston, nephew of The Shirelles' lead Shirley Alston-Reeves. They were so impressed with Alston that they asked him to join the group, but he declined. Carnival Records was a record company started in 1961 by Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert. ... August 15 is the 227th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (228th in leap years), with 138 days remaining. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Deluxe is Better Than Ezras first album because Surprise was a demo album. ... U.S. King Records logo King Records was a United States based record label, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, started in 1943 by Syd Nathan, specializing in country music, at the time still known as Hillbilly music. King advertised If its a King, Its a Hillbilly -- If its... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 500 miles (805 km)  - Length 150 miles (240 km)  - % water 9. ... The Shirelles were an influential American girl group in the early 1960s. ...


Tragedy struck the group late in 1970 when George Smith took ill. Unable to perform, the group began to search for a new lead. They originally tried for The Cymballs' lead, Lee Williams, but he was not willing to leave The Cymballs. The group then renewed their request to Gerald Alston, who accepted, and took over the lead spot. George Smith died December 16, 1970. December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


The group continued recording through the 1970s with Alston on lead. They hit it big in 1976 with Kiss and Say Goodbye, written by Blue Lovett and arranged by Bobby Martin (Martin Being from New York City). It shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and became the second single ever to go platinum. Richard Taylor left in 1976 to join the islam religion, and the group continued as a quartet. Bobby Martin is a young man who was born without legs, he plays varsity football for his High School Colnel White High. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World[1], Gotham [2], Metropolis Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... General Name, Symbol, Number platinum, Pt, 78 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 6, d Appearance grayish white Atomic mass 195. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ...


The group hit it big again in March of 1980, with the release of Shining Star. Shining Star received a Grammy award the following year. The group celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1985 with the release of Too Hot To Stop It. It included the Bivins/George Smith-wrote tune We Were Made As One, originally recorded in 1966, but covered in a capella, doo wop style, to emphasize the group's doo wop roots. The album was also dedicated to Smith. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ...


The group continued until 1988. That year, Gerald Alston left to record as a soloist. Roger Harris was recruited as lead. The Columbia contract expired and the group moved to the Valley Vue label. Roger Meredith Harris (born July 27, 1933, Otahuhu, Auckland) is a former New Zealand cricketer who played in 2 Tests in 1959. ...


Later history

The group's largest shakeup ever occurred in 1990, when Blue Lovett left due to health problems, and Kenny Kelley retired to return to college, for his PHD. Bivins, now the only original member left, took over management of the group. He recruited new members Alvin Pazant, Harsey Hemphill, and Charles Hardy. This brought the group back to a quintet. Harris proved to be only a short-term lead, however, as he left in 1991, and was replaced by new lead Wade Taylor. Taylor also only remained for a short time, leaving just a few months later. Bivins then recruited Lee Williams, the person who they had originally wanted to replace George Smith. PhD usually refers to the academic title Doctor of Philosophy PhD can also refer to the manga Phantasy Degree This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Sir Charles Hardy (c. ...


The current lineup of the group is Sonny Bivins, Lee Williams, Alvin Pazant, Harsey Hemphill, and Charles Hardy. They released the CD Manhattans Now in 1994, and in recent years, the group has been featured in the play Girl, He Ain't Worth It. In 1996, they began recording under their own label, Manhattans Entertainment Inc. They continue to tour and record.


For what would be their 30th reunion, former member Blue Lovett decided to return to the music scene with his own group of Manhattans in 1995. He brought in former lead Gerald Alston to be lead in his group. They are currently a quartet with Troy May and David Tyson, brother of The Temptations' Ron Tyson. In the past, the group also featured Eban Brown, now the lead of The Stylistics. This group has also released some CDs, including Even Now. This group was featured in two PBS specials. The Temptations (also abbreviated as The Tempts or The Temps) are an American Motown singing group whose repertoire has included doo-wop, soul, psychedelia, funk, disco, R&B, and adult contemporary. ... Ron Tyson (bottom right corner) on the cover of the 1984 Temptations LP Truly for You. ... The Stylistics are one of the most well-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ... Even Now was the sixth studio album by singer and songwriter Barry Manilow. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...


Partial discography

  • Dedicated to You (1966)
  • With These Hands (1970)
  • A Million to One (1972)
  • There's No Me Without You (1973)
  • Summertime in the City (1974)
  • That's How Much I Love You (1975)
  • The Manhattans (1976)
  • It Feels So Good (1977)
  • There's No Good in Goodbye (1978)
  • Love Talk (1979)
  • After Midnight (1980)
  • Greatest Hits (1980, compilation)
  • Black Tie (1981)
  • For You and Yours (1982)
  • Forever by Your Side (1983)
  • Too Hot to Stop It (1985)
  • Back to Basics (1986)
  • Sweet Talk (1989)
  • Kiss and Say Goodbye: The Best of the Manhattans (1995, compilation)
  • One Life to Live (1995, compilation)
  • Live from South America (1999, live)
  • Even Now (2001, Blue Lovett's Manhattans)
  • Live in Concert (2002, live)

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Source

History page on Sonny Bivins' site


External links


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