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."