Manfred Mann

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1988 (The 1989 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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Do Wah Diddy Diddy (1964)
Mighty Quinn (1968)
Blinded By the Light (1976)

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Will Manfred Mann be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


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I believe Manfred Mann should be inducted because he was a front line soldier in the British Invasion, one of the first to be environmentally sensitive and had probably the greatest remake in rock and roll history with Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light." Progressive rock definitely needed a shot in the arm in 1976-77 when Blinded was released. I believe this was the first progressive rock song or song done in a progressive style (organ/synth/effects/electric guitar) that made #1 in the US. If you consider the unconventional poetry of the lyrics as well as the original musical style of the song, I think it is remarkable that Manfred could take it all the way to the top like he did. This I think truly shows his genius. I think it is time for this genius to be honored.

Posted by SG on Saturday, 08.25.07 @ 23:49pm

Did you know that MMEB's version of "Blinded By The Light" has the most famous misheard lyric of all-time. Many listeners including me heard "Wrapped up like a douche" instead of "Revved up like a deuce"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Friday, 02.1.08 @ 22:42pm

Great band!!! Must get in!

Posted by CINDERELLA on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 03:09am

They deserve it!

Posted by Child in Time 27 on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 20:55pm

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Category: If They Collaborated

If Judy Collins were to do an album with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, it would be called...

What is "Whales, Nightingales & Bombers"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 18:11pm

"Blinded by the Light" is fantastic, but I'm leaning no. I'm just not really seeing the contributions to music (just my opinion now, don't get upset.)

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 10.23.10 @ 11:00am

A VERY underrated band....and band members

They Played the theme tune on Iconic Sixties UK Pop Show: 'Ready Steady Go' ('5-4-3-2-1')

FIRST band to feature a Flute on a Pop single - 'Without You' in 1964 ('B' side of '5-4-3-2-1')...played by Band member Mike vickers - a year before session player played a flute on the Beatles' 'You've Go To Hide Your Love Away' (which often gets the credit - wrongly- as first flute on a pop record0

First band to use a mellotron on a pop record - 'Semi Detached Suburban Mr.James' in 1966 (and on 'As Is' album in 1966) ....a year BEFORE The Moody Blues first used a mellotron on 'Love & Beauty' in 1967.
Manfred Mann played a harpsichord on 'The Vicar's Daughter' in 1968 (written by Mike d'Abo)

They featured vibes played by Drummer Mike Hugg on 'Oh No Not My Baby' in 1965 (Later covered by Rod Stewart) ....a year before The Rolling stones did on 'Under my Thumb' in 1966

They ventured into psychedelia with tracks like 'Funniest Gig' (1967) incorperating snippets of other tracks...('Ha ! Ha ! said The Clown' &'So Long Dad')

Bob Dylan personally cited them as the BEST intepreters of his songs - like: 'With God On Our Side' (1964), 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now' (1965), 'Just Like A Woman' (1966), 'The Mighty Quinn' (1968)...and later Earthband: 'Please Mrs Henry', 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue', 'Get Your Rocks Off', 'Father of Day' & 'You Angel You'

they wrote & recorded the critically praised film soundtrack to 'Up The Junction' in 1968

they featured Jack Bruce (pre-Cream) as Bassist in 1966 - he played on 'Pretty Flamingo'

Next Bassist (1966-1969) Klaus Voormann drew 'Revolver', 'Beatles Anthology' , & 'Bee Gees First' album sleeves...later was in the Plastic Ono Band playing on 'Cold turkey', 'Power To The People', 'Instant Karma !' & 'Live Peace in Toronto'.

Tom McGuinness went onto 'McGuiness Flint (who had a big hit with 'When I'm Dead & Gone') - the band that launched the career of Gallagher & Lyle - and later was in The Blues Band

Paul Jones became successful soloist having two big sixties solo UK hits: 'High Time' (1966) and 'I've Been A Ba Bad Boy' (1967) & actor (appearing on Broadway, in the film 'Privilige' & on UK TV) then later was also in The Blues Band

Mike d'Abo wrote hits for others - 'Build me Up Buttercup' a UK No.1 hit for The Foundations in 1968 and 'Handbags & Gladrags' for Chris Farlowe & later Rod Stewart plus had a seventies solo career

Mike Vickers became a Top Arranger & Conductor for EMI....working with The Hollies, Cilla Black, Cliff Richard etc, & programmed the moog Synth' The Beatles used on 'Abbey Road'

Mike Hugg had a solo career & wrote UK TV Show themes...his songs were recorded by The Yardbirds & Simon Dupree & The Big Sound (Sixties Pre 'Gentle Giant' band of The Shulman brothers)

Manfred Mann produced The Yardbirds & McGuinness Flint & later in the seventies led his Earthband featuring first Mick Rogers then Chris Thompson (who was later on Jeff Wayne's 'War of The Worlds')

Manfred Mann had Three UK Chart topping singles in the sixties, with some sixteen UK Chart hits plus a charing EP and several charting albums in the sixties.

A top R & B band between 1963 and 1965...then a surreal/whimsical experimental arty Pop band with jazz overtones from 1966 - their music used in TV Commercials etc.... Manfred Mann & Mike Hugg later formed a experimental heavy Jazz/Rock outfit: 'Manfred Mann Chapter Three' (1969-1970)....who cut two albums on the now verycollectable Vertigo label.

then the successful Rock band Manfred Mann's Eartband 1971 onwards...recording many big selling albums of both mainstream Rock plus some African based having three singles hits like 'Joybringer' (1973), 'Blinded by The Light' 91976) and 'Davy's on the Road Again' (1978)

like with Bob Dylan earlier Manfred Mann was an early champion of the songs of bruce Springsteen (covering both 'Blinded...', & 'Spirits in the Night')

altogether a major contribution to Pop & Rock music by group(s) and the individual band members since 1963.

Posted by Bill on Monday, 12.27.10 @ 14:06pm

Probably will never make it but I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it if it did happen. They've been previously considered too, though I know that doesn't mean much when they've been eligible since 1988.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Monday, 04.4.11 @ 13:52pm

Manfred Mann played additional keyboards on Uriah Heep's 10-1/2 minute epic "July Morning" from the album "Look at Yourself

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.5.11 @ 00:51am

If they were to get inducted how would they be inducted as Manfred Mann/Manfred Mann's Earth Band or just Manfred Man meaning to include the Earth Band era.

Posted by Greg F on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 03:37am

I'm guessing probably the latter, like they did with Alice Cooper.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 06:28am

It's going to be a slow year when Manfred Mann finally gets in

Posted by Marth on Monday, 01.21.13 @ 18:04pm

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