Manfred Mann (musician)

Manfred Mann ( born October 21, 1940 in Johannesburg; actually Manfred Sepse Lubowitz ) is a native of South Africa musician who is also known by the which he founded Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

  • 6.2.1 Manfred Mann (from 2011)
  • 6.3.1 Manfred Mann " Chapter One "
  • 6.3.2 Manfred Mann "Chapter Two"
  • 6.3.3 Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Early years

In his youth, Manfred Mann learned to play the piano, performed as a jazz ensemble in Johannesburg clubs, took along with his school friend, Harry Miller two LPs of the first South African rock ' n' roll band The Vikings on (1959 and 1961 ) which also reached the charts, and studied classical music at Witwatersrand University. 1961 Manfred Mann settled with Miller to England. He worked there as a jazz pianist and music teacher, and wrote under the pen name Manfred Manne article, he used the last name of drummer Shelly Manne. Later, he then the "e" drop and used the name Manfred Mann for his performances.

The band Manfred Mann ( Chapter I and II)

With drummer Mike Hugg, with whom he played in a band, founded Manfred Mann Hugg Blues Brothers 1962, the man who was successful in the London club scene. Early 1963 joined the band played in the Manfred Mann keyboard, a contract with the record label EMI. The name of the band was reportedly against the wishes of Manfred Mann, Manfred Mann changed. 1966, vocalist Paul Jones, whose talent on the success of the band played a great part, the group to start a solo career. He was replaced by Mike d'Abo, who was favored by samples to Rod Stewart. This formation was in retrospect called Manfred Mann Chapter II, and the group with Paul Jones as Chapter I. Other members were Tom McGuinness and Klaus Voormann. The band dissolved in 1969 by mutual agreement, in particular because some members wanted to go another way. Parts of the old band stayed together for years as The Manfred.

, Soul and Rhythm and Blues Stylistically in jazz, the band produced numerous, especially in the UK known hits such as "My Name is Jack ", " Fox on the Run" and " Ha! Ha! Said the Clown ". " Do Wah Diddy Diddy", a cover version of the band The Exciters, 1964 in the U.S., a No. 1 hit. Manfred Mann but was also known for cover versions of Bob Dylan songs, such as "If You Got to Go, Go Now ", " Just Like a Woman" and "Mighty Quinn ". The band was described by Bob Dylan himself next to the Byrds as the best interpreter of his pieces. Also, with cover versions of three Bruce Springsteen compositions that appeared in 1973 on his debut album, namely " Spirits in the Night ," " For You" and "Blinded by the Light", had big hits.

Chapter III

Manfred Mann worked with Mike Hugg before resolution of the Manfred - man band on a new project called Emanon ( "no name" backwards). They produced two singles that were not published under the new project name, but under Manfred Mann & Mike Hug. Both were used in advertising: "The Michelin Theme ( Go radially, go Michelin ) " from 1969 for a car tire as well as the first published in 1971 "Ski ' Full Of Fitness ' Theme " for yogurt. On this basis, founded husband Manfred Mann Chapter III, a band that only played compositions by man and Hugg, stylistically clearly stood out with synthesizer - jazz-rock sounds of the earlier pieces. Two albums were released. Although some recordings had begun to a third Chapter III album, but since the two released albums were not very successful, man decided once again to a new foundation, and turned away in 1971 with Manfred Mann's Earth Band (short: MMEB ) of rock music.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band & other projects

Encouraged by the success of the Earth Band Manfred Mann changed the style becoming more and more progressive, synthesizer - rock -influenced, only to be clearly pop and mainstream - oriented later from the late 1970s. Although Manfred Mann's Earth Band is considered one of the most important bands in rock history, they broke up in 1988 after a few failures.

Now, a new orientation followed a project with the name Manfred Mann's Plains Music. Plains Music is the title of an album of songs that are based almost exclusively on songs and ethnic music of the North American Indians originated.

However, the Earth Band of man in 1991 was rebuilt, but only with occasional publications. The main focus is in numerous and regular live performances.

Was released in 2004 the album "2006", with the Manfred Mann as Manfred Mann '06 realized his new ideas in the studio. He was supported by the Earth Band and renowned musicians such as Barbara Thompson (Colosseum, Paraphernalia ) and the German rapper Thomas D.

In 2012, an album entitled Rational Anthems was announced. In April 2011 this was already published the first single boat. The album will be released as a publication of the artist Manfred Mann ( not to be confused with the band in occupations Chapter One or Chapter Two ).

The musician Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann had already in the 1960s with on other projects. In particular, his work on keyboards and Moog synthesizers was in demand because of their particular style.


Greg Russo 1995 " Mannerisms: The Five Phases of Manfred Mann " the standard work on Manfred Mann wrote, including a complete discography of all singles, EPs, LPs and CDs.

Original albums (UK)

The dates here refer to the first publications in Europe ( UK). In the U.S., some LPs not, other LPs are again appeared under a different title or with another song compilation. For example, the UK original LP "The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann " released in the U.S. as a compilation ( under this name ).

Manfred Mann ( " Pop Group " )

" Chapter One " ( HMV / Lead Vocals: Paul Jones)
  • 09 /1964: The Five Faces of Manfred Mann
  • 10/1965: Man Made
"Chapter Two" ( Fontana / Lead Vocals: Mike d'Abo )

Manfred Mann Chapter Three

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

Manfred Mann's Plains Music

Manfred Mann '06

  • 2004: Manfred Mann '06 with Manfred Mann's Earth Band 2006

Manfred Mann (from 2011)

  • Rational Anthems (announced )


Manfred Mann (from 2011)

  • 2011: Boots


There are numerous compilations of Manfred Mann and Manfred Mann 's Earth Band, a selection is only listed.

Manfred Mann " Chapter One "

  • 09 /1966: Man Made Hits ( includes among others the well-known hit singles, such as " Do Wah Diddy Diddy" )
  • 04/ 1967: Soul Of Man (contains 14 songs, 13 instrumentals - including the EP " Instrumental Asylum" - and a song with vocals)
  • 08 /2007: Down The Road apiece Their EMI Recordings 1963-1966

Manfred Mann "Chapter Two"

  • 03/ 1968: What a man (which contains, inter alia, the EP " Instrumental Assassination" )
  • 07/ 1976: Mannerisms

Manfred Mann's Earth Band

  • 2003: Live in Moscow ( unofficial version )
  • 2004: Live in Moscow ( official version )
  • 2006: Unearthed - The Best of 1973-2005
  • 2007: Live in Budapest
  • 2008: Watch the DVD
  • 2009: Then and Now

Solo albums and other projects

Solo albums of " Manfred Mann Pop Group " members and other projects with the participation of Manfred Mann (selection):