Bearded beatnik South African Manfred Mann (Manfred Lubowitz), started his group with Mike Hugg and lead singer Paul Jones who currently sings with the Blues Band and presents the UK Radio 2 Blues Show. Manfred Mann was a live band that played at The Brazennose Street Twisted Wheel in Manchester. Definitely one of the better groups performing at that time.
They had a major hit with 54321 which also became the introduction theme tune for the TV show Ready steady Go. They did many covers of original USA soul and R ‘n B artists such as Do Wah Diddy Diddy originally by The Exciters and Oh No Not My Baby originally by Maxine Brown. At their inception they were Jazz and Blues influenced and the favourites played at the Twisted Wheel were included Cock A Hoop, I’m Your Kingpin, Don’t Ask Me What I Say and 54321. They eventually slid into full scale pop music and as a result were dropped from the clubs’ play list although it is fair to say that at this time black soul music had taken over almost completely. However, Paul Jones now virtually single handed keeps the blues scene alive in the UK.