Manfred Mann was a British R&B and pop band of the 1960s, named after its keyboard player, who later led the successful 1970s follow-on group Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
== Beginnings 1962 - 1963 =
The band was formed in London in 1962 as the Mann-Hugg Blues Band by keyboard player Manfred Mann (born Manfred Liebowitz in Johannesburg, South Africa) and drummer Mike Hugg. Born out of the British blues boom then sweeping London's clubs (which also spawned such luminaries as the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds), the group recruited Mike Vickers on lead guitar, Dave Richmond on bass and Paul Jones to front the band as lead vocalist and harmonica player. Gigging constantly throughout late 1962 and early 1963, the band soon attracted attention for their distinctive sound propelled by Mann's keyboards, Jones' soulful vocals and an occasional horn section.
The group signed to HMV Records in March 1963 after a change of name to Manfred Mann, debuting in July of that year with the jazzy instrumental single Why Should We Not?, which failed to chart, as did the follow up (with vocals this time), Cock-A-Hoop