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The Manhattans Honor Mr. Kiss & Say Goodbye, Blue Lovett

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Blue Lovett, "Mr. Kiss and Say Goodbye" is given a honorary tribute for his abundant talents of being a loving father, friend, husband, manager, producer and writer.
Blue Lovett, "Mr. Kiss and Say Goodbye" is given a honorary tribute for his abundant talents of being a loving father, friend, husband, manager, producer and writer.
Gerald Alston, the lead singer of The Manhattans expressed, "Blue is like a father to me."
Gerald Alston, the lead singer of The Manhattans expressed, "Blue is like a father to me."
Blue and Gerald, is joined on stage by Troy May, David Tyson and Kenny Kelly. They doo-woop  one of their major hits.
Blue and Gerald, is joined on stage by Troy May, David Tyson and Kenny Kelly. They doo-woop one of their major hits.
Jerry Blake, returned to The Manhattans for the evening to perform with the group for this special event.
Jerry Blake, returned to The Manhattans for the evening to perform with the group for this special event.
My twin sister Paulette and I, join Edna Alston, the beautiful wife of Gerald.
My twin sister Paulette and I, join Edna Alston, the beautiful wife of Gerald.
Band members gather after their performance.
Band members gather after their performance.
Blue Lovett, still maintains the perfect base voice that has caused The Manhattans' music to be such major hits.
Blue Lovett, still maintains the perfect base voice that has caused The Manhattans' music to be such major hits.
Gerald Alston, with his wife Edna pose for a photo after the show. They have been married more than thirty years.
Gerald Alston, with his wife Edna pose for a photo after the show. They have been married more than thirty years.
Blue takes a photo with his lovely wife Anna. They have been married for more than twenty years.
Blue takes a photo with his lovely wife Anna. They have been married for more than twenty years.
Herb, of "Peaches and Herb" poses with local DJ. Herb, is responsible for such major hits as, "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "On the Freeway of Eternal Love." He attended this special event and even performed a song with Gerald.
Herb, of "Peaches and Herb" poses with local DJ. Herb, is responsible for such major hits as, "Shake Your Groove Thing" and "On the Freeway of Eternal Love." He attended this special event and even performed a song with Gerald.
Blue Lovett, is joined on stage by his family, who thanked him for his love and support over the years.
Blue Lovett, is joined on stage by his family, who thanked him for his love and support over the years.
David Tyson, also expressed his appreciation for Blue's efforts over the years by bringing him into the group to be one of The Manhattans.
David Tyson, also expressed his appreciation for Blue's efforts over the years by bringing him into the group to be one of The Manhattans.
Troy May, expressed his appreciation for Blue encouraging him to become a part of The Manhattans as well, after his solo career.
Troy May, expressed his appreciation for Blue encouraging him to become a part of The Manhattans as well, after his solo career.
Blue, caused the audience to laugh, as he expressed how, "Nobody can beg like Gerald Alston," during a performance of "Don't Take Your Love From Me."
Blue, caused the audience to laugh, as he expressed how, "Nobody can beg like Gerald Alston," during a performance of "Don't Take Your Love From Me."
The Honorary Performance for Blue Lovett, was held at legendary Birchmere Music Hall, in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Honorary Performance for Blue Lovett, was held at legendary Birchmere Music Hall, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Blue Lovett, of The Manhattans Has Died and "We Will Miss You"

With profound sadness, we will miss the mighty base voice of Blue Lovett as well as Sonny Bivens and #Kenneth Kelly, all original members of the unsurpassed singing group, #The Manhattans. "I'm gonna miss you," along with millions of other music lovers, enthralled with their primo voices that became the epitome of classic R&B. Blue, was a maestro composer of such powerful words as "It's gonna hurt me, I can't lie. Understand me, won't you try. Let's just kiss and say goodbye." Although we must say goodbye to Blue, Kenny and Sonny's, physical presence, their impeccable voices will linger on through the outstanding music and legacy of The Manhattans. Recently, Blue and Kenny photos appeared on #Unsung as people who have passed in the music industry that we will miss.

Blue Lovett, Was Honored and Loved by Many

The Manhattans, demonstrated their prolific love and appreciation for #Blue Lovett, during a tribute to this powerful, beloved performer. Yes, the show did go on after the ceremony. The Manhattans performed such significant hits as #Kiss and Say Goodbye, Shining Star and When We're Made As One. Gerald Alston expressed what the evening meant to him by stating, "It is the celebration of a group member that is a legend and mentor for fifty-three years. He is like a father to me. I have been with Blue, for forty-four years. The first song I performed with him was, There's No Me Without You because it speaks for itself. It reminds me of our fans. They made us who we are. I am thankful that God has given us fifty-three years. I would like to thank Blue, for being a part of my life and I do love him." Gerald, also genuinely expressed appreciation for his numerous performances with Blue over the years. This duo has contributed an insurmountable source of talent to the music industry over the years. We would like to thank Blue, Gerald, Tyson, and Troy, as well as previous members such as Kenny Kelly, Sonny Bivins, the late George Smith and Richard Taylor. Your fans will never forget the significant contribution of beautiful love songs over the years.

The Manhattan's Early History

The Manhattans, are a resplendent group of men that have captivated the hearts of listeners. They won a well deserved Grammy Award, for their significant hit Shining Star and numerous gold albums for It Feels So Good, The Manhattans and After Midnight. This talented group originated from high schools in Jersey City, New Jersey, during the year of 1962. After serving in the military, group members Smitty, Sonny, Blue, Kenny, and Ricky, reunited and became The Manhattans. During their tours within the college circuit, they discovered Gerald Alston, a pre-med student who declined Blue's offer to join the group at first but later decided to. Their biggest and most popular song to date is Kiss and Say Goodbye, their second single to go platinum. Blue Lovett and Gerald Alston, both left The Manhattans, for a few years but returned to reignite this formidable mass of creativity.

#The Manhattans Today

The Manhattans are currently a quartet, featuring Gerald Alston, Blue Lovett, David Tyson and Troy May. A compelling documentary was shown recently on the popular television series, Unsung. This widely popular program gave an impressive perspective of The Manhattans' fantastic life story.

Other vital members of The Manhattans, introduced by Blue Lovett, include Troy May, who has a love for music and the arts. Based on an article in Wikipedia, Troy attended school with such talented individuals as "Kadeem Hardison (#A Different World), Malek Yoba (New York Undercover), Lisa Lisa (Cult Jam) among others." Troy has been with The Manhattans for twenty years. He explained that the honorary ceremony for Blue was, "bittersweet." Troy acknowledged that because of Blue, he had experienced the opportunity to travel all over the world to such places as South Africa, which he enjoyed visiting. Toward the end of the interview, Troy explained, "I am looking forward to tonight."

David Tyson is also a current member who grew up with music. The Wikipedia article expressed that, "His brother Ron Tyson, of The Temptations, always had groups singing in the basement of his mother's home when he was a child. He discovered his love of music as a child by watching and listening to his brother's group at The Uptown Theater in Philadelphia." One day Tyson received a call that Blue Lovett wanted a tenor for The Manhattans. "... world renown Cholly Atkins connected him with Blue Lovett for an audition. Blue liked his audition, and he was hired." Lovett, Alston, May, and Tyson continue to carry out this legacy of excellent music.

The current band members are Justice Butler, on Drums, Howie Robbins, Keyboards, Jason Simons, Bass Guitar, Mark Bowers, Lead and Rhythm Guitar, Andre DeBourg, Production Manager of Sound, Tom Selsey, Stage Manager and Dwight Fields, Mr. Everything. Over the years, these individuals have contributed to the robust sounds and functioning of The Manhattans, by presenting outstanding background music, excellent sound technology, different attire, and management.

Another vital segment for the success of The Manhattans is organizers of Social Media. Nancy Gaskins, Pam Jones and LaTonya Maiden, serve as "The Manhattanettes." They maintain the continuous presence on social media for this group. Nancy, explained, "I love the quality of their music." She went on to talk about some of her favorite songs such as, Hurt and Men Cry Too. "After that, I was sold out. I could understand what love was and what love wasn't." Nancy, along with the social media crew, had September 13th, established as Manhattan Day, for Alexandria, Virginia, based on a proclamation from local political leaders. Blue, was presented with this proclamation and was emotionally moved as he stated, "These have been some wonderful years. Thank you for buying our records. We would be nothing without you, the fans." Blue Lovett's family, gathered on the stage during the ceremony to express their love and appreciation for him as well. Blue's wife Anna, along with their children, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild, presented Blue, with a cake that said, "You Are Our Shining Star." He thanked everyone for their gifts, proclamation and love. But now, it was time to get back to work as he asked family and friends to leave the stage so that the "show could go on.

Immediately, this impelling group went right into a doo-wop, that included Kenny Kelly. They performed their hit When We're Made As One. They were once again The Manhattans that I remembered. Gerald Alston, with his explosive voice that harmoniously blended with Blue's, base of perfection, along with Tyson and Troy. Transcended into that teenage girl, who was a lover of beautiful love songs that expressed what I was experiencing in my life. The Manhattans, along with their band, still had it. It was as though they had not missed a step. Each member of the group may have grayed a little externally, but their musical talents did not miss a beat. Their voices and music resonated throughout Birchmere Music Hall. For more than fifty years, The Manhattans, have proven that their music will embrace generations to come. Their music still mingles perfectly with the music of today. Like their fans, we must continue to transcend with them in pursuit of outstanding music.

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