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Dedicated to You

The Manhattans

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Long before they stormed the R&B and pop charts with ‘70s era hits like “Shining Star” and “Kiss and Say Goodbye” the Jersey-based Manhattans were one of the finest soul vocal groups on the East coast, crafting minor hits in the harmony-drenched style of Midwestern contemporaries like the Miracles and the Impressions. Dedicated To You was the only LP to feature the angelic falsetto of original lead singer George Smith, and it contains some of the group’s finest early singles including the propulsive “The Boston Monkey,” a charming dance number that forgoes the out and out exuberance of Smokey Robinson’s “Mickey’s Monkey” for tight harmonies and gentle but insistent exhortations to dance. As fine as the dance numbers are the real standouts are the ballads, particularly “Follow Your Heart” which boasts a tricky stop-start arrangement that might sound forced in the hands of a less skilled ensemble. Though The Manhattans would go on to much greater success in subsequent decades, few of their chart topping smashes boast the simple elegance and startling dynamism of the material collected here.

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The manhattens

I remember when I could squeeze my baby.

Great Group And Still Rocking

Great Album I can remember seeing them perform at The Celeberty Club in Freeport, Strong Island. The house was allways packed.Great Showmen & Singers and this album shows that they were Great back in the day as they are today.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Jersey City, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Manhattans were one of those classic R&B vocal groups who manage to achieve incredible career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. Formed in the '60s as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, the Manhattans reinvented themselves as sweet smooth soul balladeers during the '70s. In doing so, they somehow overcame the death of lead singer George Smith, and with new frontman Gerald Alston became more popular than they'd ever been, landing an across-the-board number one hit...
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