Everybody’s gonna jump for joy

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


February 14, 1968

8944597Manfred Mann is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart (#10 in the U.S.) with the Bob Dylan-penned  Mighty Quinn. This is the first release of a recording of this song, which will be titled Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) in later iterations. Dylan records it in 1967 during The Basement Tapes sessions, but will not release his version for another three years. The Manfred Mann version hits #1 in Ireland and Germany as well. The subject of the song is the arrival of mighty Quinn the Eskimo, who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals. What we wouldn’t give now for Quinn to arrive in the U.S.

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