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.