Alan Paul

Alan Paul Wichinsky (born November 23, 1949, Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] singer and composer, best known as one of the founding members of the current incarnation of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.[2]

Alan Paul
Manhattan Transfer
Manhattan Transfer, second from right Alan Paul
Background information
BornNovember 23, 1949 (age 69)
Newark, New Jersey United States
Genresa cappella
Associated actsThe Manhattan Transfer


Raised in Newark and Hillside, New Jersey[3] Paul graduated from Hillside High School[4] and attended Newark State College (now Kean University) where he earned a BA in Music Education.[5] He received two Honorary Doctorate degrees, one in The Humanities from Kean University and another in Music from Berklee School of Music.[6]


He began his professional career on Broadway at the age of 12 in the original cast of Oliver! After college, he returned to Broadway as Teen Angel and Johnny Casino in the original cast of Grease, where he introduced the songs "Beauty School Dropout" and "Born to Hand Jive". In 2004, he released a solo CD called Another Place in Time.[6] He also provided Dino Spumoni's singing voice on the animated television series Hey Arnold!


As a writer and arranger for The Manhattan Transfer, he earned four Grammy nominations for his compositions "Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone" and "Code Of Ethics" and for his vocal arrangements for "Ray’s Rockhouse" He also received a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocalist, Male.[6]

Personal life

Paul has been married to writer/model Angela Paul for 30 years and they have one daughter, Arielle.[6]


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  2. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (April 26, 2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Rough Guides. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Lustig, Jay. "'The Boy From New York City,' The Manhattan Transfer",, Institute for Nonprofit News, October 19, 2014. Accessed July 5, 2017. "He was also the only person to be in every incarnation of the group and — like group member Alan Paul, who grew up in Newark and Hillside — a New Jerseyan."
  4. ^ "Alan Paul to Sing Saturday", The Hillside Times, February 24, 1966. Accessed December 12, 2018. "Alan Paul (Wichinsky) will bring his talents to the Newark 'Y' on Chancellor Ave. Saturday as part of An Evening of Performing Arts.... A graduate of the Mace School for Professional Children in New York, Alan Paul spent his freshman high school year in Quintano's School for Professional Children, also in New York City. he is presently a junior at Hillside High School and devotes much of his 'spare time' doing benefit performances."
  5. ^ Alan Paul profile, The Manhattan Transfer.
  6. ^ a b c d Wilbur Theater The Manhattan Transfer

External links

  • Alan Paul on The Manhattan Transfer Official Website (requires Flash)
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Bodies and Souls

Bodies and Souls was released in September 1983 by The Manhattan Transfer on the Atlantic Records label.

This album took the Manhattan Transfer in a different direction from their previous releases, offering a new, revised style of their music. There were several collaborations on this album, including Stevie Wonder, Rod Temperton, and Jeremy Lubbock. Also appearing as a guest artist on the album was Frankie Valli, who appears on the song "American Pop".

The final track on the album, "The Night That Monk Returned to Heaven", is a tribute to American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk.Alan Paul co-wrote two songs on the album, "Malaise En Malaisie" and "Code of Ethics".

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His energetic stage performances and influences derived from classic rock, blues, and R&B music had earned him a following of devout fans dubbed the "Soul Patrol". Hicks performed on Broadway in 2008 and on national tour in 2009 in Grease playing Teen Angel, the role originated by Alan Paul. He is the first Idol winner to secure a long-term residency at a Las Vegas casino. He began his residency at Bally's Las Vegas in June 2012 and moved to a larger venue, Paris Las Vegas, in January 2013. In 2016, Hicks began hosting the INSP original series State Plate and released a new single, Six Strings and Diamond Rings, in 2017.

The Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is a jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group's long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser's death.

The Manhattan Transfer (album)

The Manhattan Transfer is the second album by The Manhattan Transfer. However, it is the first of four albums to be released by the lineup of Tim Hauser, Laurel Massé, Alan Paul, and Janis Siegel, and the first to establish the sound and style for which the group would become known. It was released on April 2, 1975 by Atlantic Records and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Tim Hauser.

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You're Driving Me Crazy

"You’re Driving Me Crazy" is an American popular song composed (music and lyrics) by Walter Donaldson in 1930 and recorded the same year by Lee Morse, Rudy Vallée & His Connecticut Yankees and Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians (with vocal by Carmen Lombardo). The song became a hit and was added to the 1930 musical comedy Smiles, starring Marilyn Miller and Fred and Adele Astaire. It was also recorded in 1930 by McKinney's Cotton Pickers and by Nick Lucas & His Crooning Troubadors. Nick Lucas's version, released on Brunswick, was a No. 7 hit: Brunswick 4987 (E-35404). The chords of "You're Driving Me Crazy" form the basis for Bennie Moten's great "Moten Swing."

In 1931, cartoon character Betty Boop sang a sexy version of the song in the pre-code cartoon Silly Scandals. As Boop sang the song, her dress slipped down repeatedly, revealing a lacy bra and causing her to squeal. Later in the song, Betty was joined on stage by a line of mechanical dancing penguins who stomped out the beat in accompaniment to her singing.

"You're Driving Me Crazy" has become a standard that has been recorded by over 100 artists. The artists who have recorded the song include Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Della Reese, Betty Carter, Django Reinhardt, Peggy Lee, and Lester Young. A version by The Temperance Seven made number one in the UK Singles chart in 1961.The song has also been performed in the movies including:

The 1931 Paramount Betty Boop cartoon Silly Scandals noted above.

Fleischer Studios 1931 cartoon called Screen Songs, with jazzy scat singing of "You're Driving Me Crazy" by various animals. There is a dancing lion which looks like Betty Boop, monkeys and other animals, including a Cab Calloway sound-alike.

The 1991 film The Marrying Man starring Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. "You're Driving Me Crazy" is performed by Alan Paul from Manhattan Transfer.

The 2005 Oscar-nominated film Good Night, and Good Luck. "You're Driving Me Crazy" and other standards performed by Dianne Reeves.

The 2001 soccer/prison movie Mean Machine. "You're Driving Me Crazy" is performed by Bob Brozman on a soundtrack.

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