The Manhattans

One Of The Top Platinum, Gold & Grammy Winning R & B Groups Of All Time


THE MANHATTANS were originally: Winfred BlueLovett, Richard Taylor, Kenny Kelley, George SmittySmith and Sonny Bivins. Blue and Smitty were out front as the groups strong lead singers. Blue was also the group leader and an outstanding songwriter whose compositions with producer Joe Evans gave the group a string of hits on Carnival Records during the mid 1960s

When Smith became ill in 1970, Phil Terrell stepped in as temporary lead singer until a permanent replacement could be found. In the fall of that same year, Gerald Alston, whose style paid homage to the legendary Sam Cooke took over as lead singer. More a pop singer than either Lovett or Smith, Alstons incorporation into the group enabled THE MANHATTANS to break out of their mold as doowoppersand achieve major national success on Starday/King Records with a Teddy Randazzo love song entitled A Million To One. In 1972, Blue Lovetts One Life To Livereached the top 20 R&B charts.

With Alston handling all lead vocals and Lovett providing smooth spoken introductions, THE MANHATTANS moved to Columbia Records in 1973 where they collaborated with producer Bobby Martin on a string of hit ballads including, Theres No Me Without You, We Never Danced To A Love Songand Hurt. The most notable of these ballads was Blue Lovetts Kiss And Say Goodbye, a platinum selling #1 pop and R&B hit in 1976. In that same year, THE MANHATTANS teamed up once again with producer Randazzo to record Feels So Good, Youre My Lifeand Theres No Good In Goodbye. In 1977, they performed at President Jimmy Carters Inaugural Ball and since then have received their share of platinum and gold singles, albums, and other industry kudos; most notably a 1980 Grammy for Shining Starwritten and produced by Leo Graham

In 1985, THE MANHATTANS, wanting to enhance their show by adding a female vocalist to the act, chose Regina Belle after being introduced to her by legendary New York DJ Vaughn Harper. Spending two years touring with THE MANHATTANS, she appeared on the Bobby Womackproduced single, Where Did We Go Wrong(a duet with Gerald Alston). She also contributed to The Manhattans 1986 Columbia Records album, Back To Basics. A year later she was signed to the label as a solo artist

After 16 years with Columbia Records, lead singer Gerald Alston took his turn as a solo artist with Motown Records; while Blue Lovett, due to doctors concerns regarding his health, decided to turn his attention towards producing and grooming new artists. The late 1980s found THE MANHATTANS pursuing individual interests within the industry

In 1993, all that changed. With their 30th anniversary approaching in 1994, it was the perfect time to reunite. So, along with new members Troy May and David Tyson, a reunion tour was born

On February 25, 1999 THE MANHATTANS were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame

In 2003, THE MANHATTANS released their first studio album in fifteen years featuring the beautiful ballad Turn Out The Starswhich became one of the years best songs

On August 15, 2012, THE MANHATTANS celebrated their 50th anniversary

Now thats history.....

Gerald Alston

As any R&B enthusiast will attest, the name Gerald Alston has always been synonymous with soul, elegance and sophistication. The one voice you never get tired of hearing, Gerald inherited some big shoes and has filled them admirably for many years. Born in Henderson, NC. Gerald Alston, the son of Rev. J.B. Alston and the nephew of gospel great Johnny Fields of The Five Blind Boys of Alabama learned his trade in church

As a teen he formed Gerald Alston & the New Imperials, a group that performing both secular and religious music, went by a different name, The Gospel Jubileewhen they appeared in churches. During a local appearance, Gerald met The Manhattans when they borrowed equipment from his band. When they heard Gerald rehearsing, they loved the beautiful layered tone of Geralds powerfully smooth voice. On the spot, they invited the 17 year old to join the group

Gerald took over as their lead singer in 1970. The group enjoyed enormous success in the 70s and 80s with songs such as, Theres No Me Without You, Wish That You Were Mine, “Hurt, We Never Danced to a Love Song, Don‘t Take Your Love From Me, I kinda Miss You, and It Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad. Their 1976 single Kiss and Say Goodbyewas both a number one R&B and Pop hit

The Manhattans won a Grammy in 1980 for their big hit Shining Star. In 1987 Gerald left the Manhattans to pursue a solo career. His debut album with Motown Records was entitled Gerald Alstonfollowed by Open Invitationin 1990. His third album in 1992 Always In The Moodwas a blend of classic R&B songs with 90s music and nuances. In 1993, Gerald signed with Scotti Brothers/ Street Life Records and recorded First Class Only. In the same year Gerald reunited with Blue Lovett and The Manhattans for a 30th year reunion performance. Following that reunion, The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett enjoyed new found success performing globally including touring in Japan, South Africa, Jamaica and Bermuda

In the US, The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett have performed in many cities and top venues including Fox Theaters in Atlanta, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Constitution Hall in Washington DC., Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles and the Celebrity in Phoenix

In September 2003 and 2006, Gerald Alston performed at the Sam Cooke Tribute held in Chicago, IL. In November 2005 Gerald Alston with The Manhattans performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 10th Annual American Music Masters honoring the legend Sam Cooke

Being aware, active and supporting community is important to Gerald who always makes time to give back. Gerald is an active Noble with the Prince Hall Shriners attending Golconda Temple No. 24. Geralds commitment to the organization includes his being President of their JC Hines College Bus tour committee. Visiting colleges including HBCUs since 2010, through this tour many young folk are encouraged and inspired to set goals for a successful future which often starts with a college education

Gerald is the Celebrity Ambassador for Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America (OIC), a nonprofit organization started by Rev. Leon H. Sullivan in the late 60s. OIC provides education, health and training services to underserved and underrepresented communities preparing people for employment in todays workforce

When relaxing, Gerald enjoys grilling, deep sea fishing and spending time with family and friends

Gerald began singing in the church. Still today, his love of singing gospel finds him standing in a church singing as often as he can. Gerald Alston is blessed to be able to continue to share his voice with the world bringing joy, happiness and heartfelt soul to his many fans around the globe.

David Tyson

Born to Laura Lee Tyson and Edward Lewis Harvey, David Tyson grew up in music. His brother Ron Tyson of The Temptations always had groups singing in the basement of their home when he was a child, Dave discovered his love of music as a child by watching and listening to his brothers groups at The Uptown Theater in Philadelphia. It was this type of exposure and his love of music that compelled Dave to form his own group Final Touch, which won first place in an AfricanAmerican talent contest later held at the same theater

One day Dave got a call from his brother Ron telling him The Manhattans were looking for a tenor. World renowned choreographer Cholly Atkins was also aware of The Manhattans search for the right tenor and he connected Dave with Blue Lovett and Gerald Alston for an audition. Both Blue and Gerald were blown away with the richness of Daves tenor and he was hired. Joining The Manhattans was a dream come true for Dave

To this day Dave is a big fan of 70s R&B citing The Futures, The Dells, The Dramatics, & The Temptations as his favorite groups

Dave is a sports enthusiast who enjoys hitting the links for a round of golf. However, basketball is his real passion and the Philadelphia 76ers is his team. If the Sixers are playing, Dave is watching

Troy May

Troy May, born in Camp LeJune, NC and raised in Brooklyn NY, has for most of his life had a love for music and the Arts. Troy attended Julia Richmond High Schools Talent Unlimitedprogram where he hung out with classmates Kadeem Hardison ( A Different World ), Malik Yoba (New York Undercover, Empire), and Lisa Lisa (Cult Jam). During his tenure there Troy studied music, acting and dance

Later in his career, Troy performed solo throughout the Metropolitan area and worked as a demo singer for producers Herb Middleton and Tony Prendatt (former A&R director for Polygram Records) as he sought a recording contract. Troy was later introduced to Blue Lovett by longtime friend James Simmons. Together Blue and James assisted Troy in launching his singing career

When Blue Lovett and Gerald Alston decided to put together The Manhattans 30th Anniversary Reunion Tour, Blue offered Troy the opportunity to join the group. Troy accepted wholeheartedly. While mainly a vivid rich baritone, Troys dynamic voice allows him to switch to tenor. Troy coleads with Gerald on certain songs in The Manhattans dynamic stage show

Troy has a passion for cooking and enjoys time spent preparing delicious meals. Troy also is a whiz at and enjoys networking via social media.

Dwight Fields

Edward Dwight Fields was born April 16, 1950 in Henderson, NC. Son of Mattie and the late Johnny Fields, one of the founding members of The Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Dwight and Gerald Alston are first cousins and grew up together. They started singing at an early age and together formed a group which performed as Gerald Alston and the New Imperialson Saturday night and on Sunday they were The Gospel Jubilee. The group performed all over the Carolinas

After HS graduation in 1970 the group dissolved. Dwight went on to attend Halifax Community College in Halifax, VA. During that time he started a group known as The Authentics Unlimitedand recorded on an independent label Cosmos records, In 1980 Dwight produced two gospel albums the harmonizing Fourand The Five Blind Boys if Alabama. In 1997 he united with his cousin Gerald to work with The Manhattans featuring Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett. Dwight worked behind the scenes for a while and after the passing of Winfred BlueLovett, Dwight stepped into the front lineup and fulfilled a dream. Dwight passed away in Aug 2017

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