Another installment of rare Soul performed live tonight. This time it’s The Manhattans; a group known more in the later 70s than the 60’s, but still a powerhouse of talents.
This is the original group lineup, as it was in 1962 when they started out – with George “Smitty” Smith, Edward “Sonny” Bivens, Winfred “Blue” Lovett, Kenny Kelley and Ricky Taylor. They recorded initially for Carnival Records and were awarded Most Promising Group from NATRA in 1968. Shortly after, in 1970 the group went through tragedy with founding member George Smith succumbing to a brain tumor. In 1976, The Manhattans scored with their first million seller, Kiss And Say Goodbye.
Tonight it’s the original Manhattans, as they were on October 31, 1968, performing live on the NET-Public Television program Soul!
A total rarity, as I understand none of these original videotapes have survived.
Enjoy. And get ready for the coming week.