The Manhattans

Kiss and Say Goodbye

Composed by Winfred "Blue" Lovett

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Manhattans member Winfred "Blue" Lovett thought the original song that he'd written, "Kiss and Say Goodbye," would be a big hit for Glen Campbell. He made a demo of the song with their backing band, Little Harlem, and passed the tape along to their producer/arranger, Bobby Martin, who re-recorded the song with MFSB at Joe Tarsia's Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. Recorded in 1975, it would be a full year until "Kiss and Say Goodbye" was released during March 1976. This may have been done in an effort to wait until the disco explosion had abated somewhat. The track sold almost a million copies in the R&B market alone. In a move to appease the pop market, Columbia issued two versions of the single; the version aimed toward the R&B market included a mid-song rap spoken part, while the pop version excluded it. Co-produced by the group and Bobby Martin, the Manhattans' "Kiss and Say Goodbye" went to number one R&B and number one pop for two weeks in the spring of 1976. Selling over two million copies, the single earned the second double-platinum single certification. Just months earlier, labelmate Johnnie Taylor earned the first platinum single certification with "Disco Lady."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Manhattans 1976 Columbia 4:27
Greatest Hits [Columbia] 1980 BMG / BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image 1981 Embassy
The Golden Era of Pop Music, Vol. 2 1988
Various Artists
CBS Records 4:28
No Image 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 4:28
No Image 1990
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:28
Music for Special Moments, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:26
Collection 1993 Connoisseur
Sounds of the Seventies: The Late '70s 1993
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:35
Art Laboe's Dedicated to You, Vol. 5 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:24
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Art Laboe Killer Oldies 2 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:24
No Image 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:32
The Best of the Manhattans: Kiss and Say Goodbye 1995 Sony Music Distribution 4:26
Soul Hits of the 70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind!, Vol. 18 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:33
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
WDAS FM Classic Soul Hits: WDAS 1996
Various Artists
Collectables 4:28
25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Connoisseur
AM Gold: 1976 1996
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:32
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Columbia 4:26
WCBS FM 101.1 25th Anniversary, Vol. 3: The 70's - Silver Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 3:29
Whole Lotta Rock: 1976-1977 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 4:28
WDAS FM Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 4:28
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:26
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 70, Vol. 2 (1976) 1997
Various Artists
Eva 3:31
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Jewel
Number Ones: Lovin' Feelings 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:27
R&B Relix: 1976-1977 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 4:27
Solid Gold Soul: Classic Soul 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 4:29
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Only Soul 1975-1979 1999
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:34
Live from South Africa 1999 Classic World Productions, Inc.
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:24
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:25
The Best of the Philly Sound 1999
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 4:27
Love Songs 2000 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 4:26
Legends of Music: Soul of the 70s, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Legends of Music Collection 4:28
Soul Hits of the 70's [Sony] 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:27
Soul Grooves [Platinum Disc #1] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:30
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:24
16 Greatest Hits: Collection 2001 VSOP 4:27
Blues & Soul, Vol. 5: 1976-1977 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 4:28
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:30
70's Pop Hits 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:28
Can You Dig It? The '70s Soul Experience 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:29
Soul Grooves [Platinum Disc 2 CD] 2001
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:30
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Live In Concert 2002 Classic World Productions, Inc. 11:42
Super Hits 2002 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. / Sony BMG 4:25
Soul Classics, Vol. 2 [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 4:28
Soul Hits of the '70s [Sony Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Immediate 4:30
Let's Get It On [Medalist] 2002
Various Artists
Medalist Entertainment 4:27
Seventies Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Soul: Play That Funky Music 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:33
Do You Really Mean Goodbye 2003 Sony Music Distribution 4:28
Rhythm, Love and Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Shout! Factory/WQED Multimedia 4:11
Oldies: Forever Young 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:26
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 3:49
Classic Soul Ballads: Love Power 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
Old School Cruzin' with the Manhattans 2005 Sony BMG 3:30
Always & Forever: All Time Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Infinity Entertainment Group / American Beat Records 4:29
Cruizin' TV Presents... [3 CD] 2006
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:30
Ultimate Soul Collection [Sony] 2006
Various Artists
Sony CMG / Sony Music 3:32
#1 Smooth Love Hits 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 4:28
Let's Get It On: 70s R&B 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
Forever Pop der 70er 2007
Various Artists
Ar-Express / Sony BMG 4:26
Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:29
Dick Clark's American Bandstand, Vol. 1: Best Of The Spotlight Dances 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:29
The Black Power: Definitive Collection -- Soul and Funk Trilogy 2008
Various Artists
Music Brokers 4:27
Sweet Talking Soul 1965-1990 2008 Shout! Factory 4:27
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia 2008
Various Artists
Legacy / SMG 4:28
Essential Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:33
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:25
The Best Year of My Life: 1976 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
Sweet Soul of the '70s: I Love Music 2009
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:28
The Manhattans/After Midnight 2010 SuperBird 4:27
Essential Memories of Love 2010
Various Artists
4:26
School of "Rock 'n' Roll": 70s 2010
Various Artists
Collectables 3:33
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 4:28
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:28
Collection RTL Georges Lang 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 4:25
Pure... 70s Dance Party 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:27
Love Songs: I Will Survive 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 4:09
R&B Hit Box 2013
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:10
The Greatest Ever... Love Songs [Bellevue] 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 4:11
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 4:07
The Box Set Series: '70s Soul 2014
Various Artists
Legacy / Legacy Recordings 4:26
100 Hits: Ultimate Soul 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:27
No Image 2016
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:25
I Kinda Miss You: The Anthology – Columbia Records 1973-1987 2017 Soul Music
100 Essential Tracks: Disco Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Sonoma 4:08
Hold Me Close
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:27
No Image
Various Artists
PolyGram
Return to Soul City
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:27
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
The  Best of the Best, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sugar Hill 4:05
The Greatest Ever... The 1970's
Various Artists
Bellevue 4:11
The Legacy of Soul [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
Legacy
WCBS FM 101.1: The Anniversary Album - The 70s
Various Artists
Collectables 3:32
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