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Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Mann's Earth Band. Download high resolution version (716x724, 153 KB) This is an album cover. ... Download high resolution version (716x724, 153 KB) This is an album cover. ... Rhythm and blues (aka R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and mostly distributed commercially. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ...



Beginnings 1962 - 1963


Manfred Mann formed in London in 1962 as the Mann-Hugg Blues Band by keyboard player Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in Johannesburg, South Africa) and drummer Mike Hugg. Born out of the British blues boom then sweeping London's clubs (which also spawned such luminaries as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds), the group recruited Mike Vickers on lead guitar, Dave Richmond on bass and Paul Jones to front the band as lead vocalist and harmonica player. Gigging constantly throughout late 1962 and early 1963, the band soon attracted attention for their distinctive sound propelled by Mann's keyboards, Jones' soulful vocals and an occasional horn section. Download high resolution version (709x712, 157 KB) This is an album cover. ... Download high resolution version (709x712, 157 KB) This is an album cover. ... , City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Yardbirds album cover The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock musics most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ... Paul Jones (born February 24, 1942) is an English singer, actor and radio presenter. ...

The group signed to HMV Records in March 1963 after a change of name to Manfred Mann, debuting in July of that year with the jazzy instrumental single Why Should We Not?, which failed to chart, as did the follow up (with vocals this time), Cock-A-Hoop


Early Success 1964 - 1965

In 1964, and after the first of many line-up changes with Tom McGuinness replacing Richmond, the group was asked to provide a new theme tune for the ITV pop music TV series Ready Steady Go!. They responded with the energetic 5-4-3-2-1, which with the help of weekly TV exposure rose to No. 5 in the UK charts. After a further self-penned hit (Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble) the band struck gold with Do Wah Diddy Diddy, a cover of a minor hit by the Exciters (which charted # 78 in 1964 in the U.S.), which showcased Jones' powerful singing. The track reached the top of both the UK and US charts. ITV (Independent Television) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the... Ready Steady Go or simply RSG was one of the UKs first rock / pop music TV programmes. ... Do Wah Diddy Diddy is a song performed by 1960s British R&B and pop band Manfred Mann. ... The Exciters were an American pop music group of the 1960s. ... United States may refer to: Places: United States of America SS United States, the fastest ocean liner ever built. ...

During 1965 the group continued to have hits with both self-penned and cover material, their sound increasingly moving away from the blues-based music of their early years to a highly successful pop-soul hybrid. Notably the group began to have success with interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including With God On Our Side as a track on a best-selling EP and reaching No.2 in the UK with the controversial If You Gotta Go, Go Now, which was banned or edited by a number of TV and radio stations. Prior to this latter release, Paul Jones announced his intention to quit the band for a solo career once a replacement could be found. With God On Our Side is a song by Bob Dylan, released as the third track on his 1964 album The Times They Are A-Changin. Dylan first performed the song during his debut appearance at The Town Hall in New York City on April 12, 1963. ...


The Mike d'Abo Years 1966 - 1969

Jones stayed with the band for one more year, during which time Mike Vickers was replaced by Jack Bruce of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (long enough to play bass on the band's second UK No.1 single Pretty Flamingo). Jones was eventually replaced by Mike d'Abo - among those on the shortlist was Rod Stewart - and this was one of the few occasions when a band has successfully swapped lead singers and remained at the top. Jack Bruce left to form Cream and was replaced by Klaus Voorman (a longtime Beatles associate), with McGuinness moving to guitar. To complete the changes, the group switched labels to Fontana Records. John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish musician; a multi-instumentalist, composer, singer and, most importantly, a very influential electric bassist, especially when he was a member of seminal rock band Cream. ... John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album cover John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers was a pioneering British blues band that included such luminaries as: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream), Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (later all in Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (later in... Pretty Flamingo is the name of a song written by Mark Barkan. ... Mike dAbo is a British singer and songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of Manfred Mann. ... Roderick David Stewart (born January 10, 1945) is an English singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly, hoarse-sounding voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song Maggie May. In a career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved 27 Top... John Symon Asher Jack Bruce (born May 14, 1943) is a Scottish musician; a multi-instumentalist, composer, singer and, most importantly, a very influential electric bassist, especially when he was a member of seminal rock band Cream. ... Cream (also The Cream) was a 1960s British supergroup which featured guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Klaus Voormann was an artist. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Fontana Records was a record label active in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s, as a subsiduary of the Dutch Phillips company. ...

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With d'Abo as vocalist, the group pursued a softer acoustic pop sound, with a tinge of Dylanesque social comment and surrealism in the lyrics. Their first Fontana Records single was in fact a Dylan cover, Just Like A Woman, and the group went on to score their biggest hit for two years with a cover of his Mighty Quinn. Download high resolution version (718x717, 166 KB) This is an album cover. ... Download high resolution version (718x717, 166 KB) This is an album cover. ... Download high resolution version (706x723, 147 KB) This is an album cover. ... Download high resolution version (706x723, 147 KB) This is an album cover. ... Fontana Records was a record label active in the United Kingdom and the United States in the 1960s, as a subsiduary of the Dutch Phillips company. ... Just Like A Woman Is a 1966 song written by Bob Dylan and released on his classic 1966 album Blonde On Blonde. ... Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) is a popular song written by Bob Dylan. ...

Frustrated with the limitations and image of being seen purely as a hit singles band (their last two albums failed to chart), the group split in 1969.


1970s and on - Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Manfred Mann went on to write advertising jingles after the group's demise, but also continued to work in the group format. Initially he formed Manfred Mann Chapter Three, an experimental group who evolved into Manfred Mann's Earth Band. A jingle is a memorable advertising slogan set to an engaging melody, mainly broadcast on radio. ...

The Earth Band was, from a pop perspective, almost deliberately contrary, but combined the stylistic approach of progressive rock with Mann's keen ear for melody. Mann's interest in English 20th century classical music saw him plunder Gustav Holst's Planets Suite, garnering an unlikely UK hit with a version of the "Jupiter" movement that had lyrics added and entitled "Joybringer". 1973's The Good Earth album tapped into ecological concerns, a recurring theme in Mann's music in later years, and had a free gift of a piece of land in Wales with each album sold. Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to prog rock, prog, or progrock) is a subgenre of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and continues as a musical form to this day. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Planets (also known as The Planets Suite), opus 32, is a seven-movement orchestral suite by the English composer Gustav Holst, written between 1914 and 1916. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales for ever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd...

The membership of the Earth Band was relatively informal; Mick Rogers originally performed lead guitar and lead vocal duties before being replaced by Chris Thompson on vocals and Dave Flett on guitar. Drumming duties were fulfilled by Chris Slade, who was later to be a member of AC/DC and Asia in a long and varied career which perhaps can be summed up by his being released by AC/DC despite being, according to the rest of the band, the best musician in the band. Similarly, the technically skilled bass player Colin Pattenden, after leaving the Earth Band, became a sound consultant, running his own company designing and installing sound systems. There was much about the Earth Band that was potentially successful, but the contrariness of the band's approach and Mann's perfectionism meant that albums frequently came out with different track listings in different territories, or in alternative versions. Chris Thompson is an English singer known both for his work with Manfred Manns Earth Band and for his solo accomplishments. ... Dave Flett (born c. ... Chris Slade (born October 30, 1946, in Pontypridd, Wales) is a rock drummer who has enjoyed a long and varied career. ...

The breakthrough for the band in the US came when they had a No. 1 pop charts hit in early 1977 with Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light". While the Springsteen original from 1973's Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. album has a folky, acoustic sound, the Manfred Mann's Earth Band version is driving rock, combining Mann's Moog synthesizer and organ work with Flett's guitar. Manfred can be heard singing at the end of "Blinded By The Light", in the round, with Thompson - it was this feature of the song that initially attracted him. The band took advantage of the publicity and re-released another Springsteen song, "Spirit in the Night", which had been recorded the previous year on Nightingales and Bombers, originally with Rogers on vocals although for some territories it was re-recorded with a vocal from Thompson. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Bruce Frederick Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock and folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Blinded by the Light is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. ... Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. was the first album recorded by Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music), and sold about 25,000 copies in the first year. ... Bob Moog Dr Robert A. Moog (born May 23, 1934) is the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. ... Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. was the first album recorded by Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music), and sold about 25,000 copies in the first year. ...

Nightingales and Bombers, The Roaring Silence, and Watch are considered the highlight of the Earth Band's achievement. Watch produced another hit single in "Davy's On The Road Again", and the albums were innovative and original despite the dependence on covers of other artists' songs. Nightingales and Bombers took its title from a World War II naturalist's recording of a nightingale singing in a garden as warplanes flew overhead; the recording appears in a track on the album. Roaring Silence featured a guest appearance by jazz saxophonist Barbara Thompson, and Watch included two stand-out recordings from the bands live performances of "Davy's On The Road Again" and "Mighty Quinn". This article is becoming very long. ... Binomial name Luscinia megarhynchos (Brehm, 1831) This article is about the bird. ... Barbara Thompson (* July 27, 1944 in Oxford, England) is a jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. ...

Flett left before 1979's Angel Station to be replaced by Steve Waller, sharing the vocal duties with Thompson who was also intent on pursuing a solo career. 1980's Chance showed a move towards a more electronic approach, and produced several cuts that were hits in the UK and/or saw significant airplay in both the US and UK. The songs "Lies (All Through The 80's)", "Stranded", and "I Came For You" (another Springsteen song) still receive significant airplay over 25 years since their release.

Mann became very active in the international anti-apartheid movement, and was banned from entering South Africa, the country in which he had been born. Instead members of the band made journeys to South Africa to record African musicians for the album Somewhere in Afrika, pre-figuring Paul Simon's Graceland. The album included a cover of The Police's "Demolition Man" and a well-received version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song", which remains in the band's set today. American versions of the album also included Ian Thomas's "The Runner", whose music video had images of the Munich and Montreal Olympic Games, and which enjoyed much airtime in the lead-up to the Los Angeles Olympics. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Graceland is an album released in 1986 by Paul Simon. ... The Police was a three-piece British Rock band, which was strongly influenced by ska and reggae. ... Robert Nesta Marley, OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Redemption Song was the last track on Bob Marleys ninth Island music album, Uprising. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... The 1972 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, were held in Munich, West Germany, from 26 August to 11 September 1972. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Audio samples composed by John Williams: Olympic Fanfare (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Olympic Theme (1985) ( file info) 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles Problems playing the files? See media help. ...

Manfred Mann's Earth Band has continued recording to the present day, covering tracks by artists as varied as Paul Weller, Robert Cray, Del Amitri, and The Lovin' Spoonful. Mann has also released a solo project, Plains Music, based on Native American music, and his latest album, 2006, includes collaborations with the German rapper Thomas D and tracks featuring the music of, amongst others, the Super Furry Animals. The Earth Band remain active in live performances in Europe, with a line up that includes both Manfred Mann and Mick Rogers. Paul Weller (born John William Weller on 25 May 1958, in Stanley Road, Woking, Surrey) is a British singer / songwriter, leader of two successful bands: The Jam and The Style Council. ... Robert Cray (foreground) Robert Cray (born 1 August 1953, in Columbus, Georgia) is a blues musician, guitarist and singer. ... The original Del Amitri line-up as seen on the cover of Melody Maker magazine in February 1985 Del Amitri are a British pop-rock guitar band, formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982. ... Lovin Spoonful album cover The Lovin Spoonful was an American pop-rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. ... There are hundreds of tribes of Native Americans (called the First Nations in Canada), each with diverse musical practices, spread across the United States and Canada (excluding Hawaiian music). ... Thomas Dürr - better known by his stage name Thomas D - (born December 30, 1968 in Ditzingen close to Stuttgart, Germany) is a rapper in the German hip hop group Die Fantastischen Vier. ... Super Furry Animals (also known as SFA, the Furries and the Super Furries) are a Welsh rock band, with leanings towards psychedelic rock and electronic experimentation. ...

Most of the band's albums have been re-released in recent years and a 4-CD set featuring many previously unissued versions of tracks was released in August 2005. This includes material from the unreleased (and thought to be lost) Manfred Mann ChapterIII Volume 3 album and the first Earth Band album, Stepping Sideways. The fourth CD in the package includes both unreleased studio material and live performances.


1990s and on group - The Manfreds

In the 1990s, most of the original 1960s line-up reformed as The Manfreds, minus Manfred Mann himself - hence the name - playing most of the old 1960s hits and a few jazz instrumentals, sometimes with both Paul Jones and Mike d'Abo fronting the line-up.

At the same time Jones and Tom McGuinness were also mainstays of The Blues Band, which they helped form in 1978. McGuinness had formed McGuinness Flint in 1970, but they disbanded in 1975. The Blues Band were formed in Britain in 1979 by Paul Jones, former lead vocalist and harmonica player with Manfred Mann in the 1960s, and vocalist/slide guitarist Dave Kelly, who had formerly played with the John Dummer Blues Band, Howlin Wolf and John Lee Hooker among others. ... McGuinness Flint was a rock band formed in 1970 by Tom McGuinness, former guitarist with Manfred Mann, and Hughie Flint, former drummer with John Mayall, plus vocalist and keyboard player Dennis Coulson and multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle. ...





As Manfred Mann - UK singles with highest chart position

  • Why Should We Not/Brother Jack (HMV POP 1189) 1963 - Did not chart
  • Cock-A-Hoop/Now You're Needing Me (HMV POP 1225) 1963 - Did not chart
  • 5-4-3-2-1/Without You (HMV POP 1252) 1964 #5
  • Hubble Bubble (Toil And Trouble)/I'm Your Kingpin (HMV POP 1282) 1964 #11
  • Do Wah Diddy Diddy/What You Gonna Do? (HMV POP 1320) 1964 #1
  • Sha La La/John Hardy (HMV POP 1346) 1964 #3
  • Come Tomorrow/What Did I Do Wrong? (HMV POP 1381) 1965 #4
  • Oh No Not My Baby/What Am I Doing Wrong (HMV POP 1413) 1965 #11
  • If You Gotta Go, Go Now/Stay Around (HMV POP 1466) 1965 #2
  • Pretty Flamingo/You're Standing By (HMV POP 1523) 1966 #1
  • You Gave Me Somebody To Love/Poison Ivy (HMV POP 1541) 1966 #36
  • Just Like A Woman/Wanna Be Rich (Fontana TF 730) 1966 #10
  • Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr. James/Morning After The Party (Fontana TF 757) 1966 #2
  • Ha! Ha! Said The Clown/Feeling So Good (Some in PS) (Fontana TF 812) 1967 #4
  • Sweet Pea/One Way (Fontana TF 828) 1967 #36
  • So Long, Dad/Funniest Gig (Fontana TF 862) 1967 - Did not chart
  • Mighty Quinn/By Request - Edwin Garvey (Fontana TF 897) 1968 #1
  • Up The Junction/Sleepy Hollow (Some in PS) (Fontana TF 908) 1968 - Did not chart
  • My Name Is Jack/There Is A Man (Fontana TF 943) 1968 #8
  • Fox On The Run/Too Many People (Fontana TF 985) 1968 #5
  • Ragamuffin Man/A 'B' Side (Fontana TF 1013) 1969 #8
  • Living Without You/Tribute (Philips 6006 122) 1971 - Did not chart
  • Mrs. Henry/Prayer (Philips 6006 159) 1971 - Did not chart


As Manfred Mann

  • The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (UK) - HMV 1964
  • The Manfred Mann Album (US) Ascot Records 1964
  • The Five Faces of Manfred Mann (US) Ascot Records 1965
  • My Little Red Book Of Winners (US) Ascot Records 1965
  • Mann Made (UK) HMV 1965
  • As Is (UK) Fontana 1966
  • Pretty Flamingo (US) Mercury 1966
  • Up The Junction (UK) Fontana 1968
  • What A Mann (UK) Fontana 1968
  • Mighy Quinn (US) Mercury 1968
  • Mighty Garvey! (UK) Fontana 1968

As Manfred Mann Chapter Three

  • Manfred Mann Chapter Three - 1969 UK - Vertigo - Mike Hugg (vocals, piano) with Manfred Mann (organ). Steve York (bass). Bernie Living (Sax).
  • Chapter Three Vol 2 - 1970 UK - Vertigo

As Manfred Mann's Earth Band

  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band - 1972 - Debut album. Chris Slade (Drums), Colin Pattenden (Bass) Mick Rogers (Lead Guitar/Vocals). Manfred Mann keyboards, including the Mini Moog.
  • Glorified Magnified - 1972 - First album with Earth Band logo on the cover
  • Messin' - 1973
  • Solar Fire - 1973 - Album featuring the hit "Joybringer"
  • The Good Earth - 1974
  • Nightingales and Bombers - 1975
  • The Roaring Silence - 1976 - Album featuring the international hit "Blinded by the Light"
  • Watch - 1978
  • Angel Station - 1979
  • Chance - 1980 - featuring the smashes 'Lies (Through The '80s)' & Bruce Springsteen's 'For You'
  • Somewhere in Afrika - 1983
  • Budapest - Live 1984
  • Criminal Tango - 1986
  • Masque - 1987

A rock album released in 1973 by Manfred Manns Earth Band. ... Blinded by the Light is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. ...

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The History of Rock Music. Manfred Mann: biography, discography, reviews, links (641 words)
La Manfred Mann Band era stata formata nel 1962 dal pianista jazz sudafricano Mike Lubowitz (ribattezzato Manfred Mann) e dal batterista Mike Hugg (inizialmente si facevano chiamare Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) e suonava blues nei club di Londra come i giovani Rolling Stones e tanti altri.
Mann scopri` preso un'inclinazione naturale per l'arrangiamento di canzoni pop e, dopo il successo dei Beatles, cambio` drasticamente il sound del gruppo.
Manfred Mann was the least characteristic among the bands born out of the "British Invasion", the one that best preserved its ties with the models of the preceding decade.
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Manfred Mann was a British R&B band of the 1960s, named after the keyboard player.
Manfred Mann himself (real name Manfred Lubowitz, born October 21, 1940 in South Africa), went on to write advertising jingles after the group's demise, and later formed other bands such as Manfred Mann's Earth Band[?] (who had a number 1 hit with Bruce Springsteen's Blinded By The Light).
Mann originally formed Manfred Mann (the band) in 1962, with his friend Mike Hugg[?], but both took a background role in live performances.
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