- Manfred Mann (musician)
Manfred Mann in Oslo, Norway, December 5th 1976.
Background information Birth name Michael Sepse Lubowitz Born October 21, 1940 Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, Years active 1960s–present Associated acts Manfred Mann
Manfred Mann Chapter Three
Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann (born Manfred Sepse Lubowitz, 21 October 1940, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa) is a keyboard player best known as a founding member and namesake of Manfred Mann and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Lubowitz studied classical music at the University of the Witwatersrand, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg. Between 1959 and 1961 he and his childhood friend Saul Ozynski recorded two albums as The Vikings--South Africa's first rock 'n' roll band.
Strongly opposed to the apartheid system in his native South Africa, Lubowitz re-located to the United Kingdom in 1961 and began to write for "Jazz News" under the pseudonym Manfred Manne (after jazz drummer Shelly Manne), which was soon shortened to Manfred Mann. The next year he met drummer and keyboard player Mike Hugg at Clacton Butlins Holiday Camp and together they formed a large blues-jazz band called the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. This eventually evolved into a 5-piece group and they signed a record deal with EMI in 1963, under the HMV label. They changed their name to Manfred Mann at the suggestion of the label's record producer, and from 1964 to 1969 they had a succession of hit records: ("Do Wah Diddy Diddy", "Sha La La", "Pretty Flamingo", "Mighty Quinn"). The group split in 1969, and Mann immediately formed another outfit with Mike Hugg, Manfred Mann Chapter Three, an experimental jazz rock band. They disbanded after 2 albums, but Mann formed a new outfit in 1971, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, which still record and perform to this day. Their well-known hits include the #1 "Blinded by the Light", "Runner", which peaked at #22 and "Davy's On The Road Again".
Mann has also released solo projects under "Manfred Mann's Plain Music" and "Manfred Mann '06."
Manfred Mann used various keyboard instruments through his career, but he is especially famous for his solo performance on Minimoog synthesizer. His keyboard parts are often improvised, inspired by jazz.
- ^ a b Robert M Corich and Andy Taylor, Sleeve Notes, The Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Mastered, 1998
- ^ Roger Dopson, sleeve notes, Manfred Mann: The E.P. Collection, 1989
- ^ http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/mann_manfred_individual_/artist.jhtml
Manfred Mann's Earth Band Studio albums Live albums CompilationsThe Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Mastered • The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Mastered Volume II • Odds & Sods - Mis-takes & Out-takes Songs Related articles Studio albums Extended play CompilationsMann Made Hits • Soul of Mann • What A Mann • Chapter Two: The Best of the Fontana Years • Basic: Original Hits • The Best of Manfred Mann: The Definitive Collection • The Best of the EMI Years • Manfred Mann at Abbey Road, 1963-1966 • BBC Sessions • Very Best of Manfred Mann • The Story • Classic Masters • The Evolution of Manfred Mann • Complete Greatest Hits • UK singles"Why Should We Not" • "Cock-a-Hoop" • "5-4-3-2-1" • "Hubble Bubble (Toil and Trouble)" • "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" • "Sha La La" • "Come Tomorrow" • "Oh No, Not My Baby" • "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" • "Pretty Flamingo" • "You Gave Me Somebody to Love" • "Just Like a Woman" • "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James" • "Ha! Ha! Said the Clown" • "Sweet Pea" • "So Long, Dad" • "Mighty Quinn" • "Theme from "Up The Junction" • "My Name is Jack" • "Fox on the Run" • "Ragamuffin Man" Related articles
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