Are a Gold, Platinum, Grammy award winning group. Know for their trademark smooth sound. The group was formed in 1962, by original founding member, Edward "Sonny" Bivins (1936-2014) the original members, with Bivins were George "Smitty" Smith (1939-1970), Kenneth Kelly, Richard "Ricky" Taylor ( Passed 1987), Winfred "Blue" Lovett ( 1940 - 2014). They were signed by Joe Evans, owner of Carnival Records in Newark NJ. After coming in 3rd place, at the world famous Apollo Theater on amateur night. They would establish their image and trademark sound, with songs like, I Wanna Be, Follow Your Heart, I m The One Love Forgot, Can I, When Were Made As One, under Carnival Records.
In 1969 they moved on, to Deluxe Records. And had success with songs like If My Heart Could Speak and One Life To Live.
In 1972 they signed with CBS records, and the hits started rolling in with songs like. There's No Me Without You, Hurt, Kiss & Say Good Bye (Platinum Single),
I m I losing You, I Kinda Miss You, Feel So Good To Be Loved So Bad, We Never Dance To A Love Song, Crazy, Shining Star (Grammy Award & Platinum Single). During their 15 years at CBS, the Manhattans would receive 2 Gold Singles, 2 Platinum Singles, 3 Gold Albums, and a Grammy Award.
By the end of 1990 Bivins, the Original founding member left from the 1962 group.To continue the legacy, he brought in Charles Hardy & Harsey Hemphill, (who both had audition for him in October of 1990). Then Alvin Pazant, and Lee Williams ( the one who they wanted, to replace their Original lead singer George Smith). For the last 25 years these same members have been together. We are sadden by the passing of the founder Edward "Sonny" Bivins, and Original Bass Winfred "Blue" Lovett. The Manhattans will continue on, with the vision that Sonny had back in 1962, to record great music, that will last forever!
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