5 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know About The Manhattan Transfer & Take 6

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The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6, two of America’s most historically-acclaimed vocal ensembles, are coming to East Lansing THIS WEEK? It’s true! And whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for good live music, we’ve got some fun facts about the groups that may surprise you.


1 ) The Manhattan Transfer includes a long-time Broadway legend

Alan Paul from The Manhattan Transfer originated the roles of Teen Angel and Johnny Casino in Broadway’s Grease. He joined the group in 1972, while still performing in the musical. Paul was also in the original Broadway cast of Oliver! when he was just 12-years old!


2 ) You may know the leading bass in Take 6 more than you thought…

Take 6’s Alvin “Mr. Basslines” Chea has been an undercover household name for years! Here are just a few times you may have heard him stealing the show:

Chili’s Baby Back Ribs

Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” — The first voice you hear after MJ’s

State Farm’s Talking Baby (he’s the baby!)

3 ) Take 6 performed with Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston?!

Yes! Take 6 has performed with and won praise from such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Ben E. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and Whitney Houston, to name a few.


4 ) The Manhattan Transfer has completely smashed Grammy records 

You heard that right. In 1985, The Manhattan Transfer received 12 Grammy nominations for their album Vocalese. Those 12 nominations made Vocalese the single most Grammy-nominated album in one year! The Manhattan Transfer was also inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. It’s safe to say we’ve got a group of legends in our midst.


5 ) …And so has Take 6!

Take 6 is the most Grammy-nominated vocal group in history! And like The Manhattan Transfer, Take 6 also holds a spot in a music hall of fame — The Gospel Music Hall of Fame. So make that legends times two.


So now that we’ve given you your daily dose of info about these crazy talented groups, what are you waiting for? Get those tickets while they’re still HOT! The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 grooves onto Cobb Great Hall on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7:30PM.

Tickets are available for purchase online, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.


Posted in At Wharton Center, Performing Arts, Wharton Center News

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