The Manhattan Transfer is a jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.
There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group’s long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser’s death.
In the words of the Jamies, “It’s Summertime, Summertime, Sum-Sum-Summertime!” At 6:07 AM eastern time this past Thursday, Summer 2018 officially began, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer” from artists like: War, Kool & the Gang, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, the Chantels, Richard Barrett, Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis, Johnny Mathis (live) and others. The “Summer” music begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Then it will be time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where you’ll hear: The Trammps, Chris Rea, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John, the Four Tops, Kashif, Grandmaster Flash, Minnie Riperton & Peabo Bryson, Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey, Anita Baker, the Gap Band and more. That show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. I think it’s gonna be a fun evening of music with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” later on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
“Great Soul Performances” this evening will be dedicated to my dear friend and singing buddy, the late Angel Rissoff; “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” who passed away last month. I was always in awe of Angel and his unlimited talent, be it singing with Little Isidore & the Inquisitors, Kenny Vance & the Planotones or with Phil Granito, Seth Glassman and myself as the Sons Of Saint Rocco, and of course his solo output which made him a star on the “Beach Music” circuit. You’ll hear Angel’s interpretations of songs by: The Manhattans, the Temptations, the Radiants, the Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Darrell Banks, the Rosalinde Block Party, and Eugene Pitt from his solo album “Steppin’ Out In Front; I Love Beach Music” and our tribute to one of our favorite Angel Rissoff songs, featuring Johnny Gale who co-wrote and played on the original as well as ours, and more. The tribute begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. I think you’re going to enjoy some great soul music from “The Bronx Bomber Of Soul,” the late Angel Rissoff. Immediately following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on the playlist will be: Oran “Juice” Jones, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jimmy Ruffin, Manhattan Transfer, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Cameo, the Gap Band, Patti LaBelle, Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes and many others. G.S.P. 2: The 80s starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. It’s gonna be a jam packed 4 hours of soul at the “Home Of The Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.
It’s “Summ-Summ Summertime,” therefore on “Great Soul Performances” this evening, all songs will be about “Summer,” featuring a varied and eclectic array of artists. I’m talking about the likes of: War, Frank Sinatra, the Ad-Libs, Nat “King” Cole, Sly & the Family Stone, Michael Buble, the Valentines, George Benson, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, the Chantels, Larry Chance & the Earls, John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, the Danleers, Charlie Parker, the Temptations, the Who; live in concert and so many, many others. Our “Summer” salute starts at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT. “Great Soul Performances” will be all about “Summer” later this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Well, It’s happened again. Another senseless shooting. This time on a softball field in Alexandria, Virginia. Our prayers go out to the victims, and our thanks and appreciation go out the brave police officers; two of whom were shot, for their rapid response to this tragic event.
Let’s play some music tonight. On “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” we’ll have: Manhattan Transfer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rick James, Major Harris, B.T. Express, Teddy Pendergrass, 8th Day, Rockie Robbins, Shalamar, the Capris, the Beach Boys with Little Richard and others. It will start at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT & 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
I hope the game tomorrow night between the Republican and Democratic softball players goes on as scheduled at the Washington Nationals Stadium in D.C. and perhaps some of our divisions as can be healed as a result of this tragic situation. I’ve just heard, the game will go on as planned, and I’ll see ya later ‘gator.
It’s been a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah weekend for me and my family and I trust the same for you and yours. Now, as we countdown the days to New Year’s Eve, I urge you to join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances” where it will be our annual “New Year’s Eve Show.” On the holiday playlist are the likes of: Cee Lo Green & Christina Aguilera, the Ronettes, Isaac Hayes, Sonny Til & the Orioles, Lou Rawls, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Gary “Got To Love It” Lovett, the Manhattans, Manhattan Transfer, Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles, Ray Charles & Betty Carter and more. The party begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. We’re gonna have a rockin’ and soulful evening of music and fun, counting down to the New Year of 2017 on the “Home of the Hits” and the best music station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com.
It’s still Christmas week, it’s the first day of winter and I’m not yet through with Christmas music. I guess you could call Monday’s “Great Soul Performances” “Christmas Show Part One,” so we’ll call tonight’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” “Christmas Show Part Two.” In our holiday stocking we find: Prince, R. Kelly, the Isley Brothers, the Shirelles, Chuck Jackson, Chris Brown, Run D.M.C., Destiny’s Child, Manhattan Transfer, Gerald Alston, the Four Tops, Jimmy Castor, the Stylistics and I’ve dug out some great Christmas “Doo Wop” songs from the 80s by the Tune Weavers, the Uniques, Jimmy Beaumont & the Skyliners and the Echelons. It’s going to be a fantastic mixed bag of holiday music this evening starting at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. “Christmas Show Part Two” from the North Pole studio of “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. Ho! Ho! Ho!