Billboard #1 Hits: #400: “Kiss And Say Goodbye”- The Manhattans – July 24, 1976. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Kiss And Say Goodbye”- The Manhattans
- Record Company-Columbia
- Genre: R&B
- Written by Winfred Lovett
- Time: 3:29
- B-side:”Wonderful World Of Love”
- Album- The Manhattans
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #4 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Belgium, Netherlands and New Zealand.
When The Manhattans Winfred Lovett first wrote “Kiss And Say Goodbye” he thought of it as a song that would fit best as a country song- with someone like Glen Campbell or Charlie Pride singing it- but then decided better of it- and to do it with his group. Lovett provides the spoken into to the song then their lead singer Gerald Alston takes over. The song had been recorded over 14 months before it was finally released- Columbia and Winfred Lovett both had concerns over it-“I was critical, a perfectionist in the studio, and there are still parts of it that make my skin crawl. For example, in one place, the background vocals go off pitch. Somehow, though, that didn’t seem to bother anyone else. The Manhattans have had a long career and many hits on the R&B singles chart but had only one other Top 40 Pop hit- “Shining Star” in 1980 which went to #5.