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following the recent deaths of two of the Manhattans members, Blue Lovett and Sonny Bivins, Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, the last surviving founder member of the group has passed away.

 

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In a year that has been filled with sad news for the millions of fans of the singing group The Manhattans, we have another piece: Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, the last surviving founding member of the group, has died. Kelly was there at the beginning of the iconic act and remained a member right through to the end of their hitmaking days in the late '80s. His death follows the December passings of two other original members, Blue Lovett and Sonny Bivins. Now, only Gerald Alston, the wonderful singer who joined the group in the early 70s and sang lead on their biggest hits, remains from the most popular version of the Manhattans.

 

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I first heard about Mr. Kelly's death while at work today.  My girlfriend emailed me the news.  My girlfriend was lucky enough to be a co-worker with Mr. Kelly at Sam's Club located not too far from where we live in Edison, NJ.  He was real down to earth and always a pleasure to talk to.  He was also low key, so I never got a chance to talk about his music career, as I respected his privacy.  I would just quickly say hi and maybe chit chat about normal everyday things.  I haven't had to chance to see him in recent months because of my girlfriend's bout with bladder cancer and her successful surgery to remove the cancer.  We only saw him once after her surgery.  He seem to be doing fine.  If he was sick he did not show it.  He always had a smile on his face.  He will be deeply missed.  My condolences to his family and friends.

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