Edward Jesse Bivins  

Date of Birth: January 15th 

Birth Place: Macon, Georgia

Sign: Capricorn

Nickname: Sonny

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Sonny or “Dip”, as everybody knows him, had a vision to become a professional baseball player. He played minor league baseball with the local team called the Jersey City All-Stars, but he soon realized that entertainment was where he wanted to be. Sonny is one of the founding members of the Manhattans. The beginning started in 1964 at the Apollo Theater at the Amateur night contest. Although they took 3rd Place in the contest, they took first place in the heart of Joe Evans who gave the group a recording contract with his label out of Jersey City called Carnival Records. It was on this label that Sonny wrote some of the early popular Manhattan songs. Songs like “Follow Your Heart” / “I’m the One Love Forgot”/ “I call it Love”/ “Baby I’m Sorry”, just too name a few. These songs were instrumental in shaping the Manhattans sound. When the group signed under (CBS) Columbia Records in 1972, the first hit out of the box was a song that Sonny wrote which would start a string of 8 straight top ten hits for the Manhattans. That song turned out to be “There’s No Me Without You” also in that string of hits was another song, which Sonny collaborated with Gerald Alston to write, called “ We Never Dance To A Love Song”. Over the years Sonny has traveled all over the world and has made numerous radio and television appearances and received many awards, to his credit are gold and platinum records, and a Grammy award in 1980 for the song “Shining Star”. On October 28th 1999, Sonny received the key to the City of Atlanta Ga., and a proclamation claiming October 28th Sonny Bivins day in Atlanta Ga. The following year on February 25th 2000 Sonny was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame and received the R&B Pioneer Award, along with (Kenneth Kelley, Winfred “Blue” Lovett) the only two other original surviving members that sang with the Manhattans. Sonny is the Baritone singer of the group now a day’s but every now and then you might hear him singing that pretty 1st tenor, that helped make the Manhattans sound in the day but for now he will just be the glue that keeps the Manhattans together.

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