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Alan Paul

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 23, 1949    

Alan Paul

Alan Paul is an entertainer in every sense: He has always loved to perform, from the early days in Red's Candy Store to concert stages all over the world, he has delighted audiences during his lifelong career.

Alan was born in Newark, New Jersey, his earliest musical experiences came from his family. “There was always a lot of singing in my house. We had an old Emerson tape recorder that we would all take turns singing into. My grandfather was a cantor and his singing influenced my mother, who in turn sparked me,” he recalls. When Alan was about seven years old, his family bought the album Jerry Lewis Just Sings. Lewis had recorded this album of old songs, with the most prominent in the collection being his version of the old Al Jolson song “Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.” It was fairly popular at the time, and the family heard it on the radio, which prompted them to buy the album. Alan loved “Rock-a-bye” and sang it all the time. Alan was never shy and would sing for anyone, anywhere, anytime. His first performances were in Red's Candy Store in his neighborhood. Red would ask Alan to sing “Rock-a-bye” for him, and Alan would, drawing a small crowd. The man who cut his hair at Joe's Barbershop would ask him to sing as well, and he would sing and then the man would give him a free haircut! It was during this time that his family noticed he could sing, and sing well....
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Awards

The Vocal Group Hall of Fame (1998) Manhattan Trasnfer

1982 and 1983 the group won consecutive Grammy Awards in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group category for, respectively, “Route 66″ and “Why Not!”

1985 12 Grammy nominations for the album Vocalese.

1990 “Best Vocal Group” in both the annual DownBeat and Playboy jazz polls.

1990 The Offbeat Of Avenues Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance

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