Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Shining Star" by The Manhattans

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Grammy Winner Alert!
Song#:  0145
Date:  04/26/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  5
Weeks: 25
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  This R&B vocal group put songs on the chart pop and R&B charts for 30 years beginning in 1965. They began as more of a doo-wop group in the 60's but they had the ability to change their sound with the times and continued to put out chart songs. Their biggest hit came in 1976 when "Kiss and Say Goodbye" hit #1 on the pop chart for two weeks. Their only other Top 10 pop hit was this gold record song, which should not be confused with Earth, Wind &Fire's #1 hit in 1975 of the same name. 

ReduxReview:  This is a terrific single. It hits you right off the bat with a great chorus and just continues with a mellow mid-tempo groove that is a pleasure to listen to.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) "Kiss and Say Goodbye" was the second single certified platinum when that level was introduced by the RIAA in 1976. (The first was "Disco Lady" by Johnnie Taylor.)  2) The group won the 1981 Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for this song.


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