The original Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969, performing good time, jug band music, with Tim Hauser (12 December 1941, Troy, New York, USA; vocals) joined by Gene Pistilli (b. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA), Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Erin Dickens. This line-up recorded Jukin for Capitol Records before splitting up. By 1972, the only surviving member was Hauser, accompanied by Laurel Massé (b. USA; vocals), Alan Paul (b. Newark, New Jersey, USA; vocals), and Janis Siegel (b. 23 July 1952, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; vocals). Although they covered a variety of styles, their trademark was their use of exquisite vocal harmony. Like its Atlantic Records stablemate Bette Midler, the Manhattan Transfer was selling nostalgia, and the group enjoyed a strong following on the New York cabaret circuit. An unlikely pop act, they nonetheless charted on both sides of the Atlantic. It was symptomatic of their lack of crossover appeal that the hits...
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