Gerald Alston

Gerald Alston
Born (1951-11-08) November 8, 1951 (age 68)
Origin Henderson, North Carolina, U.S.
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970โ€“present
Labels Motown Records, RCA
Associated acts The Manhattans

Gerald Alston (born November 8, 1951) is an American R&B singer, and the lead singer with the Manhattans. Between 1988 and 1995, he left the group to record five albums (later recording his tribute to Sam Cooke in 2008) and ten solo singles, including "Take Me Where You Want To," "Slow Motion," a remake of Atlantic Starr's "Send for Me", and "Activated", most of which was for Motown Records.[1]

He joined the Manhattans in 1970, shortly after the death of their former lead singer George Smith and helped the group remain a fixture on the R&B top ten as lead on songs like "Kiss and Say Goodbye", "There's No Me Without You", and "Shining Star". He is the nephew of Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead singer of the Shirelles and rejoined the group in 1995 after finding that "his solo career wasn't what he thought it would have been". (quote from A Touch Of Classic Soul of the Early 1980s - Marc Taylor, pg. 170.) He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He was initiated into the Alpha Kappa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in Spring of 1970.


Album Gerald Alston


  • "Take Me Where You Want To" (1988)
  • "You Laid Your Eyes On Me" (1989)
  • "Activated" (UK#73, 1989) Composer: Stan Sheppard, Jimmy Varner, Producer: Timmy Regisford.
  • "Stay A Little While"
  • "Slow Motion" (1990)
  • "Nothing Can Change"
  • "Getting Back Into Love"
  • "Hell Of A Situation (1991)
  • "Tell Me This Night Won't End" (Motown)
  • "Stay The Night" (Street Life)(1994)


Year Album Peak chart positions
1988 Gerald Alston โ€” 18
1990 Open Invitation โ€” 14
1992 Always In The Mood โ€” 62
1994 First Class Only โ€” 93
2008 Gerald Alston Sings Sam Cooke โ€” โ€”
"โ€”" denotes the album failed to chart


Year Song title Peak chart positions
U.S. R&B Singles
1988 "Take Me Where You Want To" 3
1989 "I Can't Tell You Why" 52
"You Laid Your Love On Me" 41
1990 "Slow Motion" 3
1991 "Getting Back Into Love" 6
"Tell Me This Night Won't End" 69
1992 "Hell Of A Situation (Backroom Conversation)" 40
1993 "Send For Me" 40
1994 "Stay The Night" 69
1995 "Devote All The Time" 81


  1. ^ Hugh Gregory Soul Music A-Z 1995 0306806436 - Page 7 "When he left to pursue a solo career he was signed by the Taj label. His debut, Gerald Alston, was not especially distinguished in itself, but did show that he had the temperament to rub shoulders with other artists of the same ilk, like Luther VANDROSS, Alexander O'NEAL, and Freddie JACKSON; it provided him with a minor hit, "Activated" (UK#73, 1989)."

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