My Legends of Pop Music – Part Thirty-Four – Manfred Mann

If get this right, there will be many cover versions by future bands. I shall try and link live versions if they exist from the tellybox or a film, the sound quality may not be the best, but there is nothing like watching a real talent live.

So, in a sort of chronological order, my thirty third legends are: Manfred Mann

From their start to about 1969 they were Manfred Mann, but then Manfred formed Manfred Mann’s Earth band, so this article includes both.

Manfred Mann Curtesy of Wiki

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Curtesy of Wiki

Manfred Mann were an English rock band, formed in London and lasting from 1962 to 1969. The group were named after their keyboardist Manfred Mann, who later led the successful 1970s group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The band had two different lead vocalists, Paul Jones from 1962 to 1966, and Mike d’Abo from 1966 to 1969.

The group was regularly in the UK charts in the 1960s. Three of the band’s most successful singles, “Do Wah Diddy Diddy“, “Pretty Flamingo” and “Mighty Quinn“, topped the UK Singles Chart. Their 1964 hit “5-4-3-2-1” was the theme tune for the ITV pop music show Ready Steady Go! They were the first southern-England-based group to top the US Billboard Hot 100 during the British invasion.

During my working years as a contractor from 2005 to 2020, would often burst out into song in the office.  Just sing “There she was just a walking down the street, singing” and most would carry on.  Happy days!

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band is an English rock band formed by South African musician Manfred Mann. Their hits include covers of Bruce Springsteen‘s “For You“, “Blinded by the Light” and “Spirit in the Night“. After forming in 1971 and with a short hiatus in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the Earth Band continues to perform and tour.

A full discography is here: Manfred MannManfred Mann’s Earth Band

Manfred Mann 5-4-3-2-1 – I still remember watching the program, a rival to ToTP.

Manfred Mann – Sha La La ( Live 1965 )

The Manfreds – Oh No Not My Baby May 2019 – Jazz (nice)

Manfred Mann If You Gotta Go Go Now – Live version from around 1968 I think.

Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo – You will know this.

Manfred Man – Just like a woman (1966) – Classis Bob Dylan cover.

Manfred Mann – Ha! Ha! Said The Clown (1967)

Manfred Mann – The Mighty Quinn – Top Of The Pops (1968) – Another Dylan song.  Magnificent this though.

Manfred Mann My Name Is Jack

Manfred Mann – Fox On The Run (1968) –

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – It’s All Over Now Baby Blue (1972) – Early Earth band song.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Spirits in the night (Live 1976) – Good tune sung live in the USA.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Do Anything You Wanna Do (Official Video)

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Going Underground (Rockpop Music Hall 17th May 1986) – Excellent cover of Paul Weller.

Of course, this must be included, a regular favourite on here:
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded by the Light – From the Midnight Special 1975.

Singalong, enjoy and be happy!

Links to previous Legend articles:

1-Buddy Holly 2-Elvis Presley 3-Everly brothers 4-Cliff Richard 5-Joe Brown
6-Gerry and the Pacemakers 7-Roy Orbison 8-The Seekers 9-The Hollies 10-The Rolling Stones
11-Beach Boys 12-The Monkees 13-Rod Stewart 14-T-Rex 15-Slade
16-10CC 17-Pussycat 18-The Kinks 19-Blondie 20-Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music
21-David Bowie 22-Meatloaf 23-The Temptations 24-Dusty Springfield 25-Fleetwood Mac
26-Gilbert O’Sullivan 27-The Four Tops 28-Chas ‘n’ Dave 29-Diana Ross and The Supremes 30-Status Quo
31-Jim Reeves 32-The Small Faces 33-The Doobie Brothers 34-Manfred Mann

Featured image: “manfred mann, 1966 – 1969,” by badgreeb RECORDS – art -photos is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.

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