Manfred@Manfred@Mann@Mann

Remember this band? What were you doing when you hear them? I was in junior high. I wonder if “SuperStar” has even heard of this excellent band.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.seefeldt steph seefeldt

    my only context for this song is that we played it in marching and pep bands in high school. guess the original is before my time… :)

  • Jean

    And my context for this song is the 1981 movie “Stripes” with Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis. Now I know who gets the credit. (Still makes me laugh tho)

  • Barb

    no I was in Jr. High (I think I’m older that you).
    Its funny to hear lyrics like “I’m her’s, she’s mine, wedding bells are gonna chime” –they just don’t write like that now!
    I thought I’d seen them in concert–but I think I’m remembering Herman’s Hermits instead.

  • Rick in TX

    I was a few years behind you but I remember it well and loved it then and now. Later, they covered Springsteen’s “Blinded by the Light” and it’s nice but not a classic recording like this one.

  • Brad Lockner

    I was 14 years old on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and at my first house party. Great song.

  • SuperStar

    I don’t know if I was alive when this song came out, but like Jean, I’m sure it got cemented in my mind when I watched Stripes.

  • http://www.barnstaplebaptist.org.uk David Hughes

    I remember this really well – I was about 7 years old and Manfred Mann was a big band in the UK at the time, having a whole succession of hits. They were part of the British R’n'B scene of the mid-1960s – slightly more pop-orientated than The Animals, who also had many hits with the famous Eric Burdon. The singer on this video is Paul Jones, a Christian who now presents an R’n'B programme on BBC Radio 2.

    In a 1970s incarnation (‘Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’), the Manfreds did indeed have a hit with Springsteen’s ‘Blinded by the Light’ and also with ‘Davey’s on the road again’. They really are worth checking out on You Tube and on any cheap CDs or downloads you might come across.