Back in 1969 when Tim Hauser first had the idea for a vocal group that could perform jazz, blues, swing, a cappella, bebop, rock, Brazilian music and you name it, I wonder if he imagined the success story that the group would eventually become.

The membership of the Manhattan Transfer as we know it today was established a few years later in 1972. Fifty years later, the group has recorded 30 albums, gone through several personnel changes, won 10 Grammy Awards, earned gold and platinum certifications and Top 10 pop hits, and been inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame — not to mention countless tours, television specials and more.

The Manhattan Transfer are celebrating that 50-year milestone with their latest album, appropriately titled Fifty. 

Founding member Janis Siegel joined us to tell us more about it.