Personalities | Manfred Mann | Sixties | Rock
(Vocal/instrumental group, 1962–69)
This multifaceted ensemble – Paul Jones (vocals, harmonica), Mike Vickers (guitar, woodwinds), Manfred Mann (keyboards), Dave Richmond (bass) and Mike Hugg (drums) – first reached the national Top 20 with 1963’s ‘5-4-3-2-1’. After Richmond was replaced by Tom McGuinness, there was hardly any let-up of hits, both home and overseas, including a US chart topper with ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, despite other personnel changes. Some of the most enduring tracks were written by Bob Dylan, who considered Manfred Mann the most proficient exponents of his work. Indeed, the group scored a million-seller with his ‘Mighty Quinn’ after McGuinness switched to guitar and Mike D’Abo superceded Jones in 1966. All former members of the group achieved further success as recording artists, most remarkably Jones with two fast UK Top 5 penetrations; McGuinness did the same with his McGuinness-Flint unit, and Mann’s progressive Earth Band enjoyed a longer run of hits in the 1970s.
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