Thursday, 25 February 2010

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded By The Light

Manfred Mann were a British beat, rhythm and blues and pop band of the 1960s, named after their South African keyboard player and founder who later led the successful 1970s group Manfred Mann's Earth Band. The Earth Band's direction was very different from that of Mann's previous group Manfred Mann. They moved away from the pop-oriented three-minute format of his former group. The Earth Band was more of the stylistic approach of progressive rock with Mann's jazz-influenced Moog synthesizer playing and keen ear for melody. The biggest highlight from MMEB record vise is the Nightingales and Bombers, The Roaring Silence, and Watch.

Today MMEB is in Stockholm Sweden and will perform at Debaser and i believe it will a great evening off nostalgia for those who will attend.

Todays line up:
Manfred Mann – keyboards and vocals (founding member)
Mick Rogers – guitar and vocals (founding member)
Peter Cox – vocals
Jimmy Copley – drums and percussion
Steve Kinch – bass guitar

Todays tune "Blinded by the Light" is a song written and originally recorded by Bruce Springsteen. It is best known for a #1 hit version recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band."Blinded by the Light" was the first song on, and first single from, Bruce Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. Springsteen's version was initially unsuccessful, and failed to appear on the music charts.Manfred Mann's Earth Band released a version of the song on their album The Roaring Silence. The song reached #1 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and on the Canadian RPM chart on 19 February 1977. The Manfred Mann's Earth Band recording of "Blinded by the Light" is Springsteen's only Number 1 single as a songwriter on the Hot 100. At the time, Manfred Mann's Earth Band set a Hot 100 record for the group with the longest time between #1 hits. Manfred Mann had previously hit #1 with Do Wah Diddy Diddy in 1964.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Blinded by the Light Midnight Special 1975

More info @ Manfred Mann's Earth Band Official Website

Live photos taken by : Paul Bossenmaier

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