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London, United Kingdom (1962 – 1969)

Manfred Mann was a British beat, rhythm and blues and pop band (with a strong jazz foundation) of the 1960s, named after their South African keyboardist, Manfred Mann, who later led the successful 1970s group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Manfred Mann were chart regulars in the 1960s, and the first south-of-England-based group to top the US Billboard Hot 100 during the ‘British invasion’ of the US music scene.

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. 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.

Manfred Mann’s Cock-A-Hoop (1964)
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


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  • kizzy-kat

    Very first place I had to come to was The Manfred's, but I agree with wroteforbadluck's comment about Manfred Mann and The Earth Band being different, I'm more your early Manfred's...

    17 Feb 10:57am Reply
  • penquinharp

    under rated great 60s brit band =rock,pop,jazz,blues,r&b =cool

    28 Jan 10:04pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    Quinn the Eskimo!

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • wroteforbadluck

    im very sad when people dont know the difference between manfred mann the band and earth band - although both of them are genius

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • A_Vain_Attempt


    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    Their British debut album might well be the best ever released in 1964.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • aloismockbarbar

    comin back from london jumpin on a trampolin and listenin to >> Blinded by the Light what a mighty sound..

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • DavidBN

    Do Wah Diddy Diddy All Day! All Night!

    22 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Orange-1

    Excellent Music!:-)

    29 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Druid66

    One of those scene bands, the kind that make an era complete; Swinging London just had to have these guys n it, too. Love their vocals and their uncomplicated, feeling pop/R&B thing. One thing, though, I wonder if anyone thought to shorten their original name, "Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers", to simply "Mann-Huggers" for short? (-;

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • aloismockbarbar

    teenage diplomat...

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    paul jones is such a solid cat- the best voice in blue eyed soul.

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • oliver55

    One of the best bands I've ever seen live. Out of this world..

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    j avais dix ans!!!!!!

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • blossomtoe

    Not premier league - not quite - but a versatile and underrated band. If they weren't competing in such an incredibly rich and brilliant era, they'd have stood out more. Pretty Flamingo is an absolute peach of a song.

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • PhelipeStanley


    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • StereoGirl95

    'Up the Junction' Soundtrack is really good. :)

    26 Dec 2010 Reply
  • gbfs14

    my friend's name is manfred

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • AURIEL90

    perdi ala xika q m avia enamorado waaa perp bendra otra

    16 Nov 2010 Reply
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