Manfred Mann: Mighty Quinn

MANFRED MANN was the name of a band whose keyboardist bore that name. Manfred Mann existed in several incarnations, probably the most successful being Manfred Mann's Earth Band in the 70's, but this post is about the 60's self-titled group that had a hit with a cover of Bob Dylan's, QUINN THE ESKIMO. (The Mighty Quinn). The original lineup of the first group included, Manfred Mann – Keyboards, Mike Hugg – Drums, Vibes, Keyboards, Dave Richmond – Bass, Mike Vickers – Guitar, Alto Sax, Flute and Paul Jones – Vocals, Harmonica. Dylan had included the song on The Basement Tapes in 1967, and Mann adapted it to his rock style, which was quite different.


Dylan said he got the character from Anthony Quinn's role as an Eskimo in a 1960's movie, "The Savage Innocents." Bob also said that the song was about an Eskimo named Quinn, "who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals." Although I never got that from the song myself, we'll take Zimmie's word for it. The song with it's catchy sing-along arrangement put Manfred Mann's name on the Musical Map, going #1 in the U.K. and Top 10 on the U.S. Pop Chart. Scott found this ancient video of the original Manfred Mann Group doing the song Live on the BBC with well preserved picture and excellent sound. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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