Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Manfred Mann - Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Manfred Mann were a British beat, rhythm and blues, pop, and cover band 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 so-called British invasion.

In 1964, the group was asked to provide a new theme tune for the ITV pop music television programme Ready Steady Go! They responded with "5-4-3-2-1" which, with the help of weekly television exposure, rose to #5 in the UK Singles Chart. Shortly after "5-4-3-2-1" was recorded Richmond left the band, being replaced by Tom McGuinness - the first of many line-up changes. After a further self-penned hit "Hubble Bubble (Toil And Trouble)", the band struck gold with "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", a cover of a minor hit earlier that year by The Exciters.

The track, reached the top of each of the UK, [[Canadian, and U.S. charts (The Exciters version had only charted #78 in the US). The band experimented more with jazz and R&B themes on their albums. 1964's The Five Faces of Manfred Mann included standards such as "Smokestack Lightning".


Manfred Mann - keyboards (1962—1969)
Mike Hugg - drums, vibes, keyboards (1962—1969)
Dave Richmond - bass (1962—1964)
Mike Vickers - guitar, alto sax, flute (1962—1965)
Paul Jones - vocals, harmonica (1962—1966)
Tom McGuinness - guitar, bass (1964—1969)
Jack Bruce - bass (1965—1966)
Klaus Voorman - bass (1966—1969)
Mike d'Abo - vocals, keyboards (1966—1969)
Glyn Thomas - drums (Mann Hugg Blues Brothers; 1960—1962)
Tony Smith - bass (Mann Hugg Blues Brothers; 1960—1962)

Source : Wikipedia

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