It's the style and sweet harmonies that were everything to me, even to this day I never miss a chance to see the classic groups from soul music's golden period. In fact I only saw The Manhattans just a few days before Blue's passing, although he was not in the line-up due to his ill health. His presence was still there and I feel sure Gerald Altson will carry the mantle forward. Be aware there was two touring groups of Manhattans; one fronted by Sonny and the other, by Blue and Gerald, I really can't pass comment as to the rights or wrongs of this but it's just the way it was. Splits happen so often with vocal groups and yes, I was just blessed to have seen them both and I treasure those memories.
With Alston's smooth lead vocals, solid songwriting talent within the group and the always wonderful work of Philly producer/arrranger Bobby Martin, the Manhattans began to score on the R&B charts, putting out a string of fairly traditional ballads that became Soul hits. Then in 1976, the quintet released Lovett's composition "Kiss and Say Goodbye," a song originally written for country star Glen Campbell, but which instead become the group's signature tune. "Kiss" rocketed to the top of the R&B and Pop charts, and moved the group to the upper tier of R&B acts. And the companion self-titled LP became the first of several top notch albums that the group released in the 70s. With such great singles as "It Feels So Good to be Loved So Bad," "I Kinda Miss You," "We Never Danced To A Love Song" and "Am I Losing You," the Manhattans' late 70s albums It Feels So Good, There's No Me Without You and Love Talk, were among the decade's best. Love Talk was perhaps the Manhattans' greatest disc - though not their most popular - a near-perfect adult Soul album that sounds as great today as it did more than 30 years ago. More at soultracks