The Manhattans are busy this year

The Manhattans Featuring Gerald Alston are heading south and west.

Known for the soul classics "Kiss and Say Goodbye," "Shining Star" and "There's No Me Without You," the group will share an October 5th date at the Greek Theater in L.A. with Barbara Mason. They've got several shows in Brazil on tap and will headline next January's Soul Train Cruise.

Alston gives credit to producer Bobby Martin, an associate of Gamble and Huff who produced their first two hits. "He had the touch; he knew how to bring out the best in us." Gerald says the spoken open of "Kiss and Say Goodbye" came from bandmate Blue Lovett, who also wrote the song. While it hinted at '50s doo wop, Alston prefers to consider it an early example of mixing rap with pop.

Though their name evokes a New York City image, Alston says The Manhattans are really from Jersey City, New Jersey. While they now consider it a homage to the big city across the Hudson River, it was originally a salute to the mixed alcoholic drink. Attitudes change and the group now advocates clean living and avoiding any kind of excess.

The Manhattans don't have the most obvious website -- you can find them at

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