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Alan Paul

Born: November 23, 1949    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

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

Solo Albums Shoo Bop
(2011)
Another Place In Time
(2003)
"Oliver" - Original Broadway Cast Recording
"Grease" - Original Broadway Cast Recording
"The Marrying Man" - Motion Picture Soundtrack With Manhattan Transfer Jukin'
1971
The Manhattan Transfer
1975
Coming Out
1976
Pastiche
1978
The Manhattan Transfer Live
Extensions
1979
Mecca for Moderns
1981
The Best of the Manhattan Transfer
Bodies and Souls
1983
Bop Doo-Wopp
1985
Vocalese
Man-Tora! Live in Tokyo
1987
Brasil
The Offbeat of Avenues
1991
The Christmas Album
1992
Anthology: Down In Birdland
The Very Best of the Manhattan Transfer
1994
The Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba
Tonin'
1995
Swing
1997
Boy From New York City And Other Hits
The Spirit of St. Louis
2000
Couldn't Be Hotter
2003
Vibrate
2004
An Acapella Christmas
2005
The Symphony Sessions
2006
The Definitive Pop Collection
The Chick Corea Songbook
2009

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