The Manhattans were one of those classic R&B vocal groups who managed to achieve career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. They  overcame the death of lead singer George Smith, and with new singer Gerald Alston became more popular than they'd ever been, landing an across-the-board number one hit in 1976 with "Kiss and Say Goodbye." It became only the second platinum single in history and their first number one hit in the spring of 1976, not just on the R&B charts, but the pop side as well -- a remarkable feat, considering that they'd never had a single peak higher than number 37 on that survey.