The group formed in 1962 in New Jersey and not in Manhattan as one may think. Its original members were George Smith, Winfred Lovett, Kenny Kelley, Richard Taylor and Edward Bivins. Their first recordings came out on the New Jersey based Carnival label which they signed to in 1964, and though none of them were big hits they still sold reasonably well locally. The group moved on to Deluxe records, a subsidary of Cincinatti based King records in 1969.
A year later they suffered a hard blow when lead singer George Smith got very ill. Smith passed away in 1971 and was replaced by Gerald Alston. That same year is when they released this record. A clear change from their earlier soulful ballads this a more pop orientated song, but it nevefr went high on any of the charts.
The Manhattans did have their success however a bit later on in the seventies with a couple of nice ballads, like "Kiss and Say Goodbye" and "I Kinda Miss You" for example.
"I Can´t Stand For You To Leave Me"