Hello, Manfred Mann was born Manfred Lubowitz on October 21, 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He formed the pop/rock group Manfred Mann in England. Members included Manfred Mann, Paul Jones, Michael Vickers, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg. Mike D’Abo replaced Jones in 1967. McGuinness left to form the band McGuinness Flint in 1970. The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers were formed in late 1962 by keyboard player Manfred Mann and drummer Mike Hugg. They soon drew attention for their distinctive sound and were signed to are record deal with His Master’s Voice label in March of 1963. The group’s name was changed at the suggestion of the label’s record producer to Manfred Mann.
Their first single record for the label was WHY SHOULD WE NOT an instrumental recording, it failed to chart. Their second was a vocal, COCK-A-HOOP, it also failed to chart. In 1964 they did chart a #5 hit in the UK with 5-4-3-2-1. The song was a theme song for the ITV pop music show, “Ready, Steady Go!”. They followed up in ’64 with another UK Single Chart hit, HUBBLE BUBBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE, a tune that would chart at #11.
Manfred Mann’s first US hit record made its Billboard Hot 100 debut on September 5, 1964 on the Ascot Record label. Their single DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY became a smash hit, climbing to #1 in the US and holding the top spot for 2 weeks. The record was also #1 in the UK and Canada. The single sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY was recorded by The Exciters and charted in January of 1964. Their version reached #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. In November their follow-up hit SHA LA LA made its Hot 100 debut. The record charted at #12 in the US and became a Top 10 hit in the UK, at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. The group had changes in its line-up, as it would throughout their years together, but keep recording hits. COME TOMORROW became another Top 10 hit on the UK Singles chart, climbing to #4, in the US it reached #50.
Manfred Mann’s next big Billboard Hot 100 hit made its debut in July of 1966 on United Artists Records. Their recording of PRETTY FLAMINGO became a #29 hit record and went all the way to #1 on the UK Singles Chart. A cover of the Bob Dylan song, JUST LIKE A WOMAN became a #10 hit in the UK in 1966 but only reached the Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart, at #101 in the US. In March of 1968, Manfred Mann was back in the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 with another cover of a Dylan classic…MIGHTY QUINN (Quinn The Eskimo), on Mercury Records, the record charted at #10 on the Hot 100 and became the #1 song on the UK Singles Chart. In 1969 the group dis-banded.
Manfred Mann went on to writing advertising jingles after the group dis-banded. He then formed other phases of the group, Manfred Mann Chapter Three…the group dis-banded in 1971 and he then formed Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. He charted a #1 hit single that entered the Hot 100 in November of 1976…BLINDED BY THE LIGHT on Warner Records, became his longest charted hit in the US…at 20 weeks on the Hot 100. The single sold over 1 million-copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The groups last Top 40 hits were: SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT a new version of their 1976 recording, it would chart at #40 and in 1984, RUNNER charted at #22. The Earth Band dis-banded in 1986.
Between the years of 1964 and 1984 Manfred Mann placed 18 records on the Billboard charts, 12 of them became Hot 100 hits, 3 became Top 10 hits and 2 of them…DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY…and…BLINDED BY THE LIGHT…became #1 hits. MANFRED MANN’S classic recording of DOO WAH DIDDY DIDDY remains one of the top hits from the British Invasion of 1964 and is in regular rotation on oldies radio…a classic hit, from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.