About the song
If you are a fan of soulful ballads, you might have heard of the song “Kiss and Say Goodbye” by The Manhattans. This song is about a man who has to end his long-term relationship with his lover because of his “obligations” and “ties”. He asks her to be strong and remember him fondly, rather than breaking down and begging him to stay. The song was written by Winfred Lovett, the bass singer and songwriter of the group, who also did the spoken introduction in the song. He originally envisioned the song as a country tune, suitable for singers like Glen Campbell or Charley Pride. However, he decided to record it with his group, with Gerald Alston as the lead singer. The song was produced by Bobby Martin and recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia in 1975. It was released as a single in March 1976, after Columbia Records officials delayed it for 14 months. The song became a huge hit, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot Soul Singles chart, and several charts around the world. It was also the second single to earn platinum certification status, after the RIAA established the designation in 1976. In this blog post, we will explore the history and impact of this classic song, and why it still resonates with listeners today.