The year is now 1980. The Manhattans climactic landmark year began with “ Shining Star” and the After Midnight LP in March. The Radio City ‘ Home coming’ on July 24th was an appropriate follow-up to the RIAA gold for the single and LP. Their performance at the CBS Records Convention in Miami on August 28th of that year was another honor, as was their acceptance (shared with Universal Studios) of the $1,000 Ampex Gold Reel Award, which they in turn presented to the United Negro College Fund in San Antonio. More history took place at lunchtime on Monday September 29th, as Michelob beer and the New York Music Task Force opened ‘ New York Music Week’ with a concert at Citi-Corp Plaza, broadcast live on WABC radio. This was the first live broadcast on the station since the Beatles! (WABC had chosen ‘ Kiss and Say Goodbye’ as the #1 Record of The Year’ back in 1976)
The Manhattans - 1980
Another historic performance took place October 11th at the Mall in
Albany NY, in front of Governor Hugh Carey and some 92,000 spectators.
The show also featured Helen Reddy, Leonard Bernstein, and the Duke
Ellington Orchestra. The New York State Cultural Affairs Commission
promptly asked The Manhattans back for future performances. In addition,
there were special appearances in Canada, Bermuda and the Bahamas toward
year’s end. They also traveled to South America for the first time,
highlighted by a show on Chilean Television.
The Manhattans - 1982
In 1983, The Manhattans signed a new management agreement with Gerald
Delet, President of World Wide productions (Formerly TWM Management
services). Their roster included Kool & The Gang, also Lincoln High
graduates from Jersey City. Also that year, there was a rigorous tour of
Military bases during February-March that took the Manhattans to Italy,
England, Germany, Alaska, Korea, and Hawaii. During the tour they were
presented with a plaque that thanked them for bringing their music to
overseas fans, and honored that sound and their longevity in the
business. The late spring saw the release of ’Crazy’ as the prelude to
the ‘Forever By Your Side’ LP (July), the 10th LP Under Columbia
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