Showing posts with label The Manhattans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Manhattans. Show all posts

Jan 2, 2015

The Manhattans - Shining Star (1980)

"Shining Star" is a popular song by the R&B group The Manhattans. It is the first track on their 1980 album After Midnight and was written by Leo Graham and Paul Richmond. (Not to be confused with "Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire, which was a different song from 1976.)

The song won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1981.

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Released as a single in 1980, the song reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it remained for three weeks. It also peaked at number 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, No. 21 on the Adult Contemporary chart and No. 45 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the group's highest charting hit since "Kiss and Say Goodbye", which was released in 1976.

Jan 1, 2015

The Manhattans - Kiss And Say Goodbye (1976)

The Manhattans - Kiss And Say Goodbye (1976)
"Kiss and Say Goodbye" is a song recorded by the American R&B vocal group The Manhattans. It was one of the biggest hits of 1976.


The song was written by Manhattans member Winfred "Blue" Lovett. The lyrics and melody came to him late one night. As he later recalled, "Everything was there. I got up about three o'clock in the morning and jotted down the things I wanted to say. I just put the words together on my tape recorder and little piano. I've always thought that when you write slow songs, they have to have meaning. In this case, it's the love triangle situation we've all been through. I figured anyone who's been in love could relate to it. And it seemed to touch home for a lot of folks."
Lovett originally considered the song a country tune more appropriate to be sung by Glen Campbell or Charley Pride. He decided to do it with his group and sing background on it.
The original demo of the song was recorded with The Manhattans backing band, "Little Harlem." After hearing a tape of the recording, producer/arranger Bobby Martin decided to re-record the song with MFSB at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. Recorded in early 1975, Columbia Records officials withheld releasing the song until 14 months later. Lovett had his concerns over when the record came out as well as the record itself. "I was critical, a perfectionist in the studio, and there are still parts of it that make my skin crawl. For example, in one place, the background vocals go off pitch. Somehow, though, that didn't seem to bother anyone else.