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The Manfreds is a British pop group, formed in 1991 as a reunion of former members of the 1960s pop group Manfred Mann, however without their eponymous founder Manfred Mann.

The Manfreds
OriginLondon, England
GenresBeat, R&B
Years active1991–present
Associated acts
Past members



The original members of Manfred Mann, minus keyboard player Mann, reformed in 1991 to celebrate guitarist Tom McGuinness's 50th birthday, and to promote a Manfred Mann compilation released around the same time.[1] The absence of Mann forced them to adopt a different name.[1][2] Original singer Paul Jones, and his late-1960s replacement Mike D'Abo were involved, along with other members of Manfred Mann from their 1960s heyday including keyboard player Mike Hugg and McGuinness, and originally with Benny Gallagher on bass guitar.[1][3] They decided to continue the reunion, and in 1999 released the album 5-4-3-2-1 on the BMG sublabel Camden, described by Allmusic as "very close to their original sound, only a bit slicker".[1][4] Live album L.I.V.E. followed in 2000.[1] They went on to release further albums in 2000 and 2003. The groups later included Marcus Cliffe (bass), Simon Currie (flute and sax) and Rob Townsend (drums).[5]

They continued to perform live, fitting it in between their other individual commitments, with Jones, McGuinness, and Townsend also members of The Blues Band, Jones also continuing his solo career and acting, radio and television work, Hugg and Cliffe performing as part of a jazz trio, and D'Abo presenting radio shows and performing with The New Amen Corner.[5][6]

In 2013 they toured nationally to support a new Manfred Mann compilation,[3] and did so again in 2014 and 2016,[7][8][9] and in 2017 to promote their new album, Makin' Tracks, featuring both Jones and D'Abo on vocals, as well as performances in Ireland.[5][10]


Ticket for the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier, Show: The Manfreds.


Year Album UK albums US albums Additional information
1998 5-4-3-2-1 - - Catalogue No. BMG CD 74321 566632.
1999 Live - - Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD001.
2000 Maximum Manfreds - - Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD002.
2003 Uncovered - - Catalogue No. MANFREDS CD003.
2017 Makin' Tracks - -


  1. ^ a b c d e Eder, Bruce "The Manfreds Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011) The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th edn., Bish Bash Books, ISBN 978-1846098567
  3. ^ a b Eaton, Duncan (2013) "INTERVIEW: The Man Behind the Manfreds", Southern Daily Echo, 21 August 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  4. ^ Eder, Bruce "5-4-3-2-1 Review", AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  5. ^ a b c Hutchinson, Martin (2017) "The Manfreds are still Makin’ Tracks", Welwyn Hatfield Times, 9 April 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  6. ^ Barr, Gordon (2012) "Top British R&B band The Manfreds back for Gateshead gig", Evening Chronicle, 14 August 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  7. ^ Nutall, James (2014) "Music interview: Mike d’Abo of The Manfreds", Yorkshire Evening Post, 6 November 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  8. ^ Walker, Graham (2016) "PREVIEW: 5,4,3,2,1...Sixties icons The Manfreds on UK tour", Sheffield Star, 25 October 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  9. ^ Roycroft-Davis, Chris (2016) "Return of the Manfred Men", Daily Express, 6 August 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017
  10. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (2017) "Pack your Picnic basket: the best rock and pop gigs this week", The Irish Times, 31 August 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017

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