#TwoForTuesday: Manfred Mann


Manfred Mann (né Lubowitz) (keyboards) formed the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers in 1962 along with Mike Hugg (drums), Mike Vickers (guitar), Dave Richmond (bass) and Paul Jones (vocals, harmonica). By 1964 the band was called Manfred Mann, and they were asked to provide a new theme song for the TV show Ready Steady Go!. The song, “5-4-3-2-1,” reached #5 on the British charts. They were the first band from the south of England (London) to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song that reached #1 in both the UK and the US was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” which had been a minor hit for The Exciters earlier in 1965.

Paul Jones left the band in 1966 to go solo, and was replaced by Mike d’Abo. By this time, Mike Vickers had left the band, Tom McGuinness moved from bass to guitar, and bass duties were handled briefly by Jack Bruce (later with Cream), then by Klaus Voorman (a friend of The Beatles from their Hamburg days; he drew the album art for the Revolver album, and later played on George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh). This was the band that recorded 1967’s “The Mighty Quinn,” which reached #10 in the US and #1 in the UK.

They disbanded in 1969, with Mann and Hugg forming Manfred Mann Chapter three, n experimental jazz-rock combo. That didn’t last long, and Mann later formed Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, which recorded a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light” in the mid-1970’s. That band remains active, and according to their website, goes on tour later this month.

Manfred Mann, your Two for Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

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