Mike d'Abo
Mike d'Abo
Michael David "Mike" d'Abo is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the former lead vocalist of Manfred Mann.
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Octagon to welcome The Manfreds - This Is The Westcountry
Google News - over 5 years
When lead singer Paul Jones left to pursue a solo career in 1966, he was replaced by Mike d'Abo and with his new line-up Manfred Mann scored some of their biggest European hits such as Ha Ha Said the Clown, Mighty Quinn, Fox on the Run, and My Name is
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BROCKET DIGS DEEP IN SPORTS CARS HUNT - CITY A.M.
Google News - over 5 years
So there was “deep shock and horror” when Mike d'Abo, the singer of Manfred Mann, turned his back on the City to go into the music business. Lucky for the City that he did, as d'Abo and his current line-up The Manfreds are hitting Boisdale in Canary
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Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness , and former member Mike d'Abo, are joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie as the exciting new line-up of The Manfreds, featuring BOTH lead singers from the 1960's
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Jazz San Javier Finale - Rundtownnews.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
He recorded four more singles, the best known of which is Mike d'Abo's 'Handbags and Gladrags'. He began an association with the jazz rock group Colosseum in the 1970s, recording a live album and three studio albums including, 'Daughter of Time' (1970)
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25 Most Memorable Rock Concerts - Philippine Star
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The Manfreds combined the talents of Manfred Mann lead vocalists Paul Jones and Mike D'Abo with original bass guitarist Tom McGuinness and drummer Mike Hugg. Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Just Like A Woman, Sha La La, Build Me Up Buttercup and Pretty Flamingo
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All You Need Is Klaus - Film Dienst
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... seine Erinnerungen werden in unterschiedlichem Umfang ergänzt durch Weggefährten wie Paul McCartney, Mike D'Abo, Richard Perry, Astrid Kirchherr oder Christina Voormann unterfüttert, die unterschiedliche Karrierephasen Voormanns kommentieren
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The Manfreds, The Riverfront - South Wales Argus
Google News - over 5 years
The seven strong band consisting of four original members of Manfred Mann: Paul Jones, Mike d'Abo, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie delivered a stylish mash up of greatest hits fused with a shot of rhythm
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Rock of Ages: Pretty Flamingo by Manfred Mann and Eurovision winner What's ... - Liverpool Echo
Google News - almost 6 years
Later that year he was replaced by Mike d'Abo who would go on to front the band until they broke up three years later. Over the years the song has been covered by artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Elvis Costello with Glenn Tilbrook,
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Why Do You Build Me Up, Buttercup Baby! - Gear Up For Sports (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Why do you build me up (Build me up) Buttercup baby just to let me down (Let me down) And mess me around - Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay. The Twins are a tease. The lead you on, make you think today is the day, then a crisis intervenes,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike d'Abo
    FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 55
    More recently, d'Abo has participated in The Manfreds, a group of original Manfred Mann members other than Mann himself, and played occasional live dates with his part-time group, The Mighty Quintet. In 2000 he briefly advised and worked with Stars in Their Eyes champion Ian Moor.
    More Details Hide Details He was musical director during the filming of Moor's live concert video, Naturally, at the Hull New Theatre and played keyboards for the concert. In 1997, d'Abo presented a programme on BBC Radio Bristol, "The Golden Years," playing music from the 1950s onwards; it broadcast on Saturdays on BBC Radio Gloucestershire. BBC Wiltshire Sound subsequently added the programme to their schedules. During the 1990s, he also presented "Late Night West," a popular weeknightly programme on west-of-England local radio for five nights a week, that included music, competitions, and a listener phone-in. In the late 1990s he contributed to The Mike d'Abo Story, a documentary written by Geoff Leonard, narrated and produced by Phil Vowels, and broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Gloucestershire.
  • 1996
    Age 51
    His third marriage was to Lisa Weaver in 1996 which produced twins Ella and Louis in July 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He is a first cousin of actress Maryam d'Abo. His sister Carol is widow of the late Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Baker.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 25
    In 1970, he composed and performed the music for the Peter Sellers film, There's a Girl in My Soup, and played John Lennon in No One was Saved at the Royal Court Theatre Schools scheme.
    More Details Hide Details D'Abo also worked with Mike Smith, the former keyboard player of the Dave Clark Five. In 1976 they released an album on the CBS (UK) label, Smith & d'Abo.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    In December 1968 d'Abo played the lead in Gulliver Travels (subtly, not Gulliver's Travels) at the Mermaid Theatre, Blackfriars, London and he also portrayed Herod on the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.
    More Details Hide Details He had a cameo role on the original recording of Evita. He also wrote "Loving Cup" for The Fortunes and "Mary, Won't You Warm My Bed" for Colin Blunstone.
    In 1968, he and Tony Macaulay co-wrote "Build Me Up Buttercup", which was recorded by The Foundations and sold over four million copies by April 1969, including one million discs in the United States.
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  • 1967
    Age 22
    D'abo has been married three times. His first marriage was to model Maggie London in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children: Ben d'Abo (born 1967) and Olivia d'Abo (born 1969). His second wife was Karen and they had one son, Bruno d'Abo.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    After leaving A Band of Angels he joined in August 1966 Manfred Mann, an established chart-topping group, as replacement for Paul Jones, who was leaving to start a solo career.
    More Details Hide Details Comparisons between d'Abo and Jones became a media preoccupation at the time of the switch, but d'Abo wasted little time dwelling upon it. "I enjoy being with the group," he told Pete Goodman. "We really do have an enormously wide range of musical tastes among us." D'Abo's first big hit with Manfred Mann was "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James". It was nearly recorded with "Mr Jones" in the title before it occurred to the group that it might be interpreted as being an implied reference to Paul Jones. D'Abo first recorded the As Is album (with the attaching single "Just Like a Woman"). All of the UK Fontana and US Mercury releases featured d'Abo. He composed and produced Chris Farlowe's "Handbags and Gladrags", a hit single (which was also notably recorded by Rod Stewart and Stereophonics and subsequently became the theme music to the BBC television show The Office) and "The Last Goodbye". He also wrote two songs recorded by Rod Stewart on Immediate Records: "Little Miss Understood" and "So Much to Say (So Little Time)." With d'Abo fronting, Manfred Mann enjoyed numerous hits, including "Ragamuffin Man", "Ha Ha Said the Clown," "My Name is Jack" and the Dylan-penned number one hit, "Mighty Quinn." Manfred Mann subsequently disbanded in 1969.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on March 1, 1944.
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