STARS OF THE ‘60S

Man­fred Mann were wow­ing crowds around the world over half a cen­tury ago, and some of them are still at it to­day as The Man­freds

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They are the band who knocked The Bea­tles off the top of the UK pop charts in the 1960s. Now more than five decades later, Man­fred Mann are still en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences world­wide and orig­i­nal band mem­ber Tom McGuin­ness says that’s a good rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion.

“Not many bands or orig­i­nal mem­bers from ’60s bands are still do­ing gigs, so I think we are do­ing pretty well,” McGuin­ness says.

“The thing is this is all I know how to do re­ally well.

“It’s not hard to ad­just to life on the road when you’re a teenager, you just do it.”

Be­tween 1964 and 1969 Man­fred Mann scored three Bri­tish No.1 hits, plus one No.1 hit in Amer­ica. Another seven re­leases went Top 5 and four more made the Top 20.

In the ’60s Man­fred Mann pop­u­larised the songs of Bob Dy­lan with in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Just like a Woman, If You Gotta Go, Go Now and Mighty Quinn.

A high note for McGuin­ness was when they knocked The Bea­tles off the No.1 spot on the pop charts.

Their first No.1 hit was Do Wah Diddy Diddy.

“We weren’t even go­ing to record that song be­cause when we sang it on stage we got noth­ing but boos from the au­di­ence,” McGuin­ness says.

“Then when we of­fi­cially re­leased it ev­ery­one started lov­ing it.

“When it went to No.1, I felt won­der­ful. It was funny to see the head­lines say ‘The Man­freds top­ple Bea­tles’ and ‘Band knocks Bea­tles off top spot’.

“You just didn’t ex­pect to see those head­lines.”

Like any band the group had their ups and downs.

“We were fam­ily, but like any fam­ily you fight and we were all so ar­gu­men­ta­tive. We would spend hours ar­gu­ing over some­thing so lit­tle, but then we would get over it and move on,” McGuin­ness says.

Af­ter a cou­ple of smash hits, the band signed on with EMI records, the same en­ter­tain­ment com­pany that man­aged The Bea­tles.

“We were on cloud nine at the be­gin­ning,” McGuin­ness says.

“Once we did that our con­fi­dence went down a lit­tle be­cause they told us that bands don’t usu­ally write their own mu­sic, but we were. Since then we never wrote our own songs again. That was a lit­tle part of the band I think we lost for­ever and never re­gained.”

As the ’60s drew to a close some mem­bers de­cided to ex­plore new mu­si­cal di­rec­tions and af­ter scor­ing Top 10 hits with My Name Is Jack, Fox On The Run and Raga­muf­fin Man, Man­fred Mann dis­banded, evolv­ing into The Man­freds in 1991.

The Man­freds, fea­tur­ing orig­i­nal mem­bers of the ‘60s hit band Man­fred Mann, are play­ing at Jupiters on Satur­day.

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