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article imageFifty Years of Manfred Mann

By Alexander Baron     Nov 22, 2012 in Entertainment
Croydon - Manfred Mann arrived in the UK from South Africa in 1961; shortly after that he put together an influential band. This year he is celebrating his half-centenary.
It remains to be seen if like old soldiers, old rockers never die, but Wishbone Ash, Dutch legends Golden Earring, Phil Mogg and the boys at UFO and yer actual Rolling Stones aren't the only ones who have been belting it out since before most of us were born - but not, sadly, me.
If the guy's name is not as familiar as say Mick Jagger, maybe you'll have heard of or heard Quinn The Eskimo, Ha! Ha! Said The Clown, or Blinded By The Light, a great cover of a Springsteen song. There were and are many more.
Usually after the first twenty years or so, rock family trees get a bit confusing, so there are two official websites for Mr Mann and co: one for The Manfreds and one his Earthband. It should be noted that The Manfreds perform in their own right while Manfred Mann does not perform with The Manfreds but with Manfred Man's Earthband.
On December 1, The Manfreds will be appearing just down the road at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon, which is also celebrating 50 years in showbiz. Both the band's original 1960s vocalists will be appearing.
The Mann himself will be appearing in Germany on December 6 & 7. At 72, Manfred Mann isn't quite as old as Chuck Berry, but although rock 'n' roll will never die, he won't go on forever, so if you haven't seen an authentic 1960s star with all the works, check him and them out now.
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