Although they began making records in 1963, the Manhattans didn't strike it big until the mid 1970's, when they successfully bucked the disco trend with a series of romantic ballads for Columbia Records. They had eight songs in the R&B Top 10 between 1973 and 1978, with the country-tinged Lovett composition "Kiss And Say Good Bye" going to Number One on both the R&B and pop charts in 1976 and placing in the top five in England and Australia. All featured the lilthing, Sam Cooke-inspired lead tenor of Gerald Alston - who joined the group in 1970 following the death from spinal meningitis of original lead singer Smith - wrapped in a full, warm harmony blanket anchored by Lovett's billowing bass.
The Grammy, Gold, and Platinum award winning Manhattans sold over 12 million with such great hits as "KISS AND SAY GOODBYE", "THERE'S NO ME WITHOUT YOU" and "SHINING STAR". The Manhattans have performed throughout the States and Canada.
Their hits include: "One Life to Live," "There's No Me Without You," "Don't Take Your Love," "Hurt," "Kiss and Say Goodbye," "I Kinda Miss You," "It Feels So Good to Be Loved So Bad," "We Never Danced to a Love Song," "Am I Losing You," "Shining Star" and "Crazy”