Come all without, come all within (you’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn) — Manfred Mann, 1968

On Jan, 12, 1968, the band Manfred Mann released their 18th single, “Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn).”

Keyboardist Manfred Lubowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He dreamed about a career playing jazz and blues. something not associated with his white-dominant homeland, so he moved to London, changed his name to Manfred Mann and, with drummer Mike Hugg, formed The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. By 1963, the band realized that success lay in adding pop variations to their sound. They changed their name to Manfred Mann in order to get a recording contract, and soon developed a following in the UK.

In 1964, the band had an international #1 hit with “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” (a cover of a song by an American group, The Exciters). In 1965, the band had a #2 hit in the UK with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now.” Three singles later, in 1966, they released their version of Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman,” which went to #10 and #12 respectively in Britain and Australia (but only to #101 in the US).

“Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn),” their third Dylan cover, shot to #1 in the UK, Germany and Sweden, #6 in Australia and peaked at #10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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