Late 1966 through to early 1968 saw Manfred Mann release a series of successful singles on their new record label Fontana, with their new singer Mike D'Abo. "Semi-Detached Suburban Mr James", "Ha! Ha! Said That Clown", "Sweet Pea" and "Mighty Quinn" got to #2, #4, #36 and #1 respectively on the UK singles chart. "Mighty Quinn" was a then-unreleased Bob Dlyan song (their third Dylan cover to be a hit single), and became one of the most successful songs of their career. One other single from this period (Randy Newman's "So Long, Dad") strangely didn't chart at all.In 1968 they recorded the soundtrack to the film Up The Junction.
Later that same year their fourth album came out. Mighty Garvey! saw them fully move away from their R&B roots, embracing an eclectic psychedelic pop sound, being something of a parody of the Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band concept. It featured the recent hits "Ha! Ha! Said The Clown" and "Mighty Quinn", but the album itself wasn't so successful and did not chart at all.
The band then released three more singles which were all Top 10 hits - "My Name Is Jack" (#8), "Fox On The Run" (#5) and "Ragamuffin Man" (#8). However they disbanded in 1969, whilst their last single was still in the charts. Manfred Mann himself and Mike Hugg soon formed a new group they christened Manfred Mann Chapter Three, which had a drastically different sound, eschewing pop for experimental jazz-rock. Tom McGuinnes teamed up with drummer Hughie Flint to form McGuinnes-Flint, Klaus Voormann went to be a session bassist, and Mike D'Abo busied himself with various songwriting, recording and acting jobs.
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