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Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann was a British Beat, 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.


Beginnings 1962–1963

The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers (as the band were originally called) were formed in London in December 1962 by keyboard player Manfred Mann and drummer/vibes player 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 band were completed by Mike Vickers on lead guitar, Dave Richmond on bass, and Paul Jones fronting as lead vocalist and harmonica player; by this point, they had changed their name into Manfred Mann & The Manfreds. 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. The group signed to HMV Records in March 1963 after a change of name to Manfred Mann (at the suggestion of their label's producer), and debuted 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

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In 1964 the group were 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. It was shortly after "5-4-3-2-1" was recorded that Richmond left the band, being replaced by Tom McGuinness - the first of many line-up changes. 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 earlier that year by the Exciters. The track, which showcased Jones' powerful singing, reached the top of both the UK and US charts (The Exciters version had only charted #78 in the US).

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. They also reached 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.

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.

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".

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

Mann went on to write advertising jingles after the group's demise, but still continued to work in the group format. Initially he formed Manfred Mann Chapter Three (with Mike Hugg), an experimental jazz rock band, described by Mann as an over reaction to the hit factory of the Manfred Mann group. This was, however, short lived and by 1971 they had disbanded and Mann had formed a new group, Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

For further details, see Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

1990s and on—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 (McGuinness formed McGuinness Flint in 1970, but they disbanded in 1975) have been mainstays of The Blues Band (which they helped form in 1978).


The current lineup of The Manfreds is highlighted in bold.

  • Mike Hugg - drums, vibes, keyboards - (Manfred Mann 1962—1969 - founding member) (The Manfreds 1991—present)
  • Mike d'Abo - vocals, keyboards - (Manfred Mann 1966—1969) (The Manfreds 1991—present)
  • Paul Jones - vocals, harmonica - (Manfred Mann 1962—1966 - founding member) (The Manfreds 1991—present)
  • Tom McGuinness - guitar, bass - (Manfred Mann 1964—1969) (The Manfreds 1991—present)
  • Rob Townsend - drums, percussion - (The Manfreds 1991—present)
  • Marcus Cliffe - bass - (The Manfreds 1999—present)
  • Manfred Mann - keyboards - - (Manfred Mann 1962—1969 - founding member)
  • Mike Vickers - guitar, alto sax, flute - (Manfred Mann 1962—1965 - founding member)
  • Dave Richmond - bass - (Manfred Mann 1962—1964 - founding member)
  • Jack Bruce - bass - (Manfred Mann 1965—1966)
  • Klaus Voorman - bass - (Manfred Mann 1966—1969)
  • Benny Gallagher - bass - (The Manfreds 1991—1999)


Manfred Mann

UK Singles
Release dateA-SideB-SideUK singles chartCatalogue No.
26 July 1963"Why Should We Not""Brother Jack"-HMV POP 1189
25 October 1963"Cock-a-Hoop""Now You’re Needing Me"-HMV POP 1225
10 January 1964"5-4-3-2-1""Without You"5HMV POP 1252
10 April 1964"Hubble Bubble (Toil And Trouble)""I’m Your Kingpin"11HMV POP 1282
10 July 1964"Do Wah Diddy Diddy" (edit)"What You Gonna Do?"1HMV POP 1320
9 October 1964"Sha La La""John Hardy"3HMV POP 1346
8 January 1965"Come Tomorrow""What Did I Do Wrong"4HMV POP 1381
9 April 1965"Oh No, Not My Baby""What Am I Doing Wrong"11HMV POP 1413
10 September 1965"If You Gotta Go, Go Now""Stay Around"2HMV POP 1466
15 April 1966"Pretty Flamingo""You’re Standing By"1HMV POP 1523
1 July 1966"You Gave Me Somebody To Love""Poison Ivy"36HMV POP 1541
29 July 1966"Just Like A Woman""I Wanna Be Rich"10Fontana TF 730
21 October 1966"Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James""Morning After The Party"2Fontana TF 757
23 March 1967"Ha! Ha! Said The Clown""Feeling So Good"4Fontana TF 812
5 May 1967"Sweet Pea""One Way"36Fontana TF 828
25 August 1967"So Long, Dad""Funniest Gig"-Fontana TF 862
12 January 1968"Mighty Quinn""By Request – Edwin Garvey"1Fontana TF 897
23 February 1968"Theme from "Up The Junction""Sleepy Hollow"-Fontana TF 908
7 June 1968"My Name Is Jack""There Is A Man"8Fontana TF 943
29 November 1968"Fox On The Run""Too Many People"5Fontana TF 985
18 April 1969"Ragamuffin Man""A ‘B’ Side"8Fontana TF 1013
US Singles
Release dateA-SideB-SideUS singles chartCatalogue No.
2 March 1964"5-4-3-2-1""Without You"-Prestige 45-312
14 May 1964"Hubble Bubble (Toil And Trouble)""I’m Your Kingpin"-Ascot AS 2151
3 August 1964"Do Wah Diddy Diddy""What You Gonna Do?"1Ascot AS 2157
13 October 1964"Sha La La""John Hardy"12Ascot AS 2165
7 January 1965"Come Tomorrow""What Did I Do Wrong"50Ascot AS 2170
26 May 1965"My Little Red Book (All I Do Is Talk About You)""What Am I Doing Wrong"124Ascot AS 2184
26 August 1965"If You Gotta Go, Go Now""The One In The Middle"-Ascot AS 2194
28 February 1966"She Needs Company""Hi Lili, Hi Lo"-Ascot AS 2210
18 May 1966"Pretty Flamingo""You’re Standing By"29United Artists UA 50040
28 July 1966"Just Like A Woman""I Wanna Be Rich"101Mercury 72607
17 August 1966"When Will I Be Loved?""Did You Have To Do That"-United Artists UA 50066
7 October 1966"Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James""Each And Every Day"-Mercury 72629
30 March 1967"Ha! Ha! Said The Clown""Feeling So Good"-Mercury 72675
8 February 1968"The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)""By Request – Edwin Garvey"10Mercury 72770
14 June 1968"My Name Is Jack""There Is A Man"104Mercury 72822
20 November 1968"Fox On The Run""Too Many People"97Mercury 72879
17 April 1969"Ragamuffin Man""A ‘B’ Side"-Mercury 72921
Release dateTitleTracksCatalogue No.
1 May 1964Manfred Mann’s Cock-A-Hoop With 5-4-3-2-1"5-4-3-2-1" "Cock-a-Hoop" "Without You" "Why Should We Not"HMV 7EG 8848
6 November 1964Groovin’ With Manfred Mann"Groovin’" "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" "Can’t Believe It" "Did You Have To Do That"HMV 7EG 8876
18 June 1965The One In The Middle"The One In The Middle" "Watermelon Man" "What Am I To Do" "With God on Our Side"HMV 7EG 8908
17 December 1965No Living Without Loving"There’s No Living Without Your Loving" "Let’s Get Stoned" "Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared Of Dying" "I Put A Spell On You"HMV 7EG 8922
29 April 1966Machines"Machines" "She Needs Company" "Tennessee Waltz" "When Will I Be Loved"HMV 7EG 8942
17 June 1966Instrumental Asylum"Still I’m Sad" "My Generation" "I Can’t Get No Satisfaction" "I Got You Babe"HMV 7EG 8949
21 October 1966As Was"I Can’t Believe What You Say" "That’s All I Ever Want From You Babe" "Driva Man" "It’s Getting Late"HMV 7EG 8962
2 December 1966Instrumental Assassination"Sunny" "Wild Thing" "Get Away" "With A Girl Like You"Fontana TE 17483
UK Albums
Release dateTitleUK albums chartCatalogue No.
11 September 1964The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann3HMV CLP 1731
15 October 1965Mann Made7HMV CLP 1911/CSD 1628
9 September 1966Mann Made Hits11HMV CLP 3559
21 October 1966As Is22Fontana TL/STL 5377
13 January 1967Soul of Mann40HMV CLP/CSD 3594
23 February 1968Up The Junction (Original Soundtrack Recording)-Fontana TL/STL 546023/2/68
16 March 1968What A Mann-Fontana SFL 13003
28 June 1968Mighty Garvey!-Fontana TL/STL 5470
US Albums
Release dateTitleUS albums chartCatalogue No.
17 September 1964The Manfred Mann Album35Ascot ALM 13015/ALS 16015
8 February 1965The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann141Ascot ALM 13018/ALS 16018
13 September 1965My Little Red Book Of Winners!-Ascot ALM 13021/ALS 15021
5 November 1965Mann Made-Ascot ALM 13024/ALS 16024
19 July 1966Pretty Flamingo-United Artists UAL 3549/UAS 6549
13 October 1966Manfred Mann’s Greatest Hits-United Artists UAL 3551/UAS 6551
11 March 1968Up The Junction (Original Soundtrack Recording)-Mercury SR 61159
6 May 1968Mighty Garvey!-Mercury SR 61168

Manfred Mann Chapter Three

YearAlbum coverAlbumUK albumsUS albumsAdditional information
1969 Manfred Mann Chapter Three--Catalogue No. Polydor 4013.
1970 Manfred Mann Chapter Three Volume Two--Catalogue No. Vertigo 6360012.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

AlbumsFor a detailed listing of Manfred Mann's Earth Band albums, see Manfred Mann's Earth Band discography.

The Manfreds

YearAlbum coverAlbumUK albumsUS albumsAdditional information
1998 5-4-3-2-1--Catalogue No. BMG CD 74321 566632.
1999 Live--Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD001.
2000 Maximum Manfreds--Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD002.
2003 Uncovered--Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD003.