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Paul Jones - harmonica/vocals (born Paul Pond, February 24th 1942, Portsmouth)

Manfred Mann - keyboards (born Michael Lubowitz, October 21st 1940, Johannesburg)

Tom McGuinness - bass guitar (born December 2nd 1941, Wimbledon)

Mike Vickers - guitar/saxophone (born April 18th 1941, Southampton)

Mike Hugg - drums (born August 11th 1942, Andover)

Manfred Mann were one of the leading R&B groups of the Sixties who recorded pop material to get into the charts. They broke through in the winter of 1964 when their third single release "5-4-3-2-1" (the theme for popular TV programme "Ready, Steady, Go") reached the top five. This was the first of a string of hits, mostly covers of American R&B or Bob Dylan songs.

Mann began his career playing jazz in his native South Africa before he moved to England in 1961. The band was formed in London late in '62 as The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, initially they were a purist modern jazz band featuring two saxophonists and a trumpet player.

With the addition of Paul Jones on vocals and harmonica and slimming down to a five-piece, they switched the emphasis to R&B and, after unsuccessfully auditioning for Pye and Decca, won a recording contract with HMV in 1963. It was at HMV's suggestion that the name of the group was changed to Manfred Mann.

Both sides of their debut single were instrumentals, but the follow-up "Cock A Hoop" featured the charismatic Paul Jones' vocals.

After the success of "5-4-3-2-1" they released the similarly-styled "Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble" beofre really hitting the big time with two covers of songs by American girl groups - the Exciters' "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" and the Shirelles' "Sha La La". 1965 brought further success for the group, including Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" - the first of several Dylan songs they would record for single release during the 60's.

In contrast to their singles, their album tracks often had a heavy R'n'B sound to them, covering songs by Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf as well as some perfectly competent original material.

Vickers left towards the end of '65 with McGuinness switching to lead guitar and Jack Bruce coming in on bass from John Mayall's Bluesbrekers. Bruce in turn left to join Cream and was replaced by Klaus Voorman, and Paul Jones was replaced by Mike D'Abo from A Band Of Angels in the middle of 1966.

None of these changes to the line-up, nor a switch to Fontana seemed to have any effect whatsoever on their commercial viability and they carried on hitting the charts regularly until the decade's end, albeit in a style increasingly distant from their jazz/R'n'B roots.



Jul '63

Why Should We Not?/Brother Jack

HMV POP 1189


Oct '63

Cock A Hoop/Now You're Needing Me

HMV POP 1225


Jan '64

5-4-3-2-1/Without You

HMV POP 1252


Apr '64

Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble/I'm Your Kingpin

HMV POP 1282


Jul '64

Do Wah Diddy Diddy/What You Gonna Do

HMV POP 1320


Oct '64

Sha La La/John Hardy

HMV POP 1346


Jan '65

Come Tomorrow/What Did I Do Wrong

HMV POP 1381


Apr '65

Oh No, Not My Baby/What Am I Doing Wrong

HMV POP 1413


Sep '65

If You Gotta Go, Go Now/Stay Around

HMV POP 1466


Apr '66

Pretty Flamingo/You're Standing By

HMV POP 1523


Jul '66

You Gave Me Somebody To Love/Poison Ivy

HMV POP 1541


Aug '66

Just Like A Woman/I Wanna Be Rich

Fontana TF 730


Oct '66

Semi-Detatched Suburban Mr. James/Morning After The Party

Fontana TF 757






5-4-3-2-1/Cock A Hoop/Without You/Why Should We Not?

HMV 7EG 8848


Groovin' - Groovin'/Do Wah Diddy Diddy/Can't Believe It/Did You Have To Do That?

HMV 7EG 8876


The One In The Middle - The One In The Middle/Watermelon Man/What Am I To Do?/With God On Our Side

HMV 7EG 8908

Apr '66

Machines-Machines/She Needs Company/Tennessee Waltz/When Will I Be Loved

HMV 7EG 8942

Oct '66

Instumental Asylum - Sunny/Wild Thing/Get Away/With A Girl Like You

HMV 7EG 8949

Dec '66

As Was - I Can't Believe What You Say/That's All I Ever Want From You Babe/Driver Man/It's Getting Late

HMV 7EG 8962



Oct '64

The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann - Smokestack Lightning/Don't Ask Me What I Say/Sack O' Woe/What You Gonna Do?/Hoochie Coochie/I'm Your kingpin/Down The Road Apiece/Got My Mojo Working/It's Gonna Work Out Fine/Mr. Anello/Untie Me/Bring It To Jerome/Without You/You've Got To Take It

HMV CLP 1731

Oct '65

Mann Made - Since I Don't Have You/You're For Me/Look Away/The Abominable Snowman/Watch Your Step/Stormy Monday Blues/I Really Do Believe/Hi Lili Hi Lo/The Way You Do The Things You Do/Bare Hugg/You Don't Know Me/LSD/I'll Make It Up To You

HMV CLP 1911

Sep '66

Mann Made Hits - Pretty Flamingo/The One In The Middle/Oh No, Not My Baby/John Hardy/Spirit Feel/Do Wah Diddy Diddy/Come Tomorrow/There's No Living Without Your Loving/With God On Our Side/Groovin'/I'm Your Knigpin/Sha La La/5-4-3-2-1/If You Gotta Go, Go Now

HMV CLP 3559

Dec '66

As Is - Trouble And Tea/Now And Then Thing/Each Other's Company/Box Office Draw/Dealer, Dealer/Morning After The Party/Another Kind Of Music/As Long As I Have Lovin'/Just Like A Woman/Autumn Leaves/Superstitious Guy/You're My Girl

Fontana TL 5377


Paul Jones


Oct '66

High Time/Can't Hold On Much Longer

HMV POP 1554





Dec '66

My Way - My Way/Lady Godiva/It Is Coming Closer/Can't Hold On Much Longer/Baby Tomorrow/You've Got Too Much Going For You/Very, Very Funny/High Time/She Needs Company/When My Little Girl Is Smiling/Wait Till Morning Comes/I Can't Break The News

HMV CLP 3586


Selected Re-issues


Original Hits - Do Wah Diddy Diddy/Pretty Flamingo/5-4-3-2-1/Sha La La/Come Tomorrow/Oh No, Not My Baby/Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble/If You Gotta Go, Go Now/The One In The Middle/Hi Lili Hi Lo/The Way You Do The Things You Do/There's No Living Without Your Loving/Since I Don't Have You/With God On Our Side/Stormy Monday Blues/I've Got My Mojo Working/I'll Make It Up With You/You Gave Me Somebody To Love


The Definitive Collection - Do Wah Diddy Diddy/Why Should We Not/Cock-A-Hoop/Now You're Needing Me/5-4-3-2-1/Hubble Bubble Toil And Trouble/I'm Your Kingpin/Do Wah Diddy Diddy (Unedited version)/Sha La La/Come Tomorrow/She/Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron/Oh No, Not My Baby/My Little Red Book/The One In The Middle/I Can't Believe What You Say/If You Gotta Go, Go Now/There's No Living Without Your Loving/Tired Of Trying, Bored With Lying, Scared Of Dying/She Needs Company/Machines/When Will I Be Loved/Pretty Flamingo/Come Home Baby/You Gave Me Somebody To Love/Group Interview



The Manfreds in '66 with new lead singer Mike D'Abo (extreme left)