Manfred Mann, 1964. (L-R): Tom McGuinness, Manfred Mann, Mike Hugg, Mike Vickers and Paul Jones
|Also known as||Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers|
|Genres||Beat, rhythm and blues, psychedelic pop|
|Labels||HMV, EMI, Capitol, Ascot (US), Fontana, Mercury (US)|
|Associated acts||Manfred Mann Chapter Three, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, McGuinness Flint|
|Past members||Manfred Mann
I grew up in South Africa, but like many people at that time, I couldn't bear living in the country. The main motivation for moving to Britain was to get away.
The age of 18 seemed the right time to try something different in my life. Moving to the U.K. was a risk, and I was never confident that I could ever make a full-time living being a musician, but I had to try. Initially, I worked as a jazz musician in pubs or with bands.
In 1962 I wrote for 'Jazz News,' using the pseudonym Manfred Manne, which I picked because of a jazz drummer with that name. I later dropped the 'e.'
One of my side strange abilities is to hear a good song, no matter how it's being performed. Even if you get a bad performance, I can still hear that there's a good song.