Artists – M

Manassas

The multi-talented Stephen Stills founded this highly regarded unit in 1971 during sessions for a projected album. Chris Hillman and Al Perkins, bothe formerly of the Flying Burrito Brothers, and percussionist Jo Lala joined the singer’s regular touring band of Paul Harris, Calvin ‘Fuzzy’ Samuels and Dallas Taylor – although Samuels was later replaced by(…)

Manfred Mann

Manfred Mann (born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa in 1940) formed a group in Britain in 1963 called The Manne-Hugg Blues Brothers. Shortening their name to simply ‘Manfred Mann’ they made the charts early in 1964 with their third single 5-4-3-2-1, which was adopted as the theme tune to the TV music programme Ready, Steady, Go!. The group(…)

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band came together in 1971 after Mann had grown disillusioned with his original outfit. A year later they signed a recording deal with Polydor and scored a Top Ten hit with the single Joybringer (August 1973) – an adaptation from Holst’s Planet Suite. Towards the end of 1974 another album, The Good Earth, was released. Around(…)

Manhattans, The

Not as successful in the UK as, say, The Stylistics or The Chi-Lites, what really set The Manhattans apart in the 60s and 70s was the number of good songwriters in the group’s ranks. Blue Lovett, Sonny Bivins, Ken Kelley and George Smith all contributed fine songs as the act moved from their first hits,(…)

Manic Street Preachers

Formed in Wales in 1988, and obsessed with The Clash and Public Enemy, the Manic Street Preachers survived early media vitriol to emerge defiant and triumphant. Richey James Edwards wrote lyrics for the first three albums – Generation Terrorists (1992), Gold Against The Soul (1993) and most of the songs on the harrowing The Holy Bible (1994) – before he went missing on the day he(…)

Manowar

Manowar

If ever a band was beyond parody, it’s Manowar. As self-appointed Kings of Metal, these valiant, muscle-bound, loincloth-wearing warriors have acted as standard bearers for ‘True Metal’ for over 30 years – their missionary zeal impervious to ridicule. “Death to false metal!” is their battle cry – and by Odin they mean it. Manowar formed in(…)

Mansun

Neo-glam space travellers are supposed to be beamed down to Earth from some flamboyant galaxy far far away – a distant nebula far more grandiose and psychedelic than our own. They are sure as fuck not supposed to be four blokes from Chester. But lo, from Chester Mansun did come to lead a revolution against Britpop‘s(…)

Mar-Kets, The (The Marketts)

The Mar-Kets’ Surfer’s Stomp (1962) – produced by Joe Saraceno (who would later work with The Ventures) – was one of the first surf music instrumentals featuring a five-man Californian group. In fact, they were not really a group but a fluid collection of Los Angeles session musicians, working under the direction of Saraceno. Michael Gordon wrote(…)

Marcels, The

Blue Moon was the only song by Richard Rodgers and Lorenzo Hart not to have been written for a musical. Originally composed as a ballad of beauty it started life as Make Me A Star for a Jean Harlow movie. The song (and the star) were dropped from the film, and Rodgers and Hart re-worked the song into Blue(…)

March Violets

This rock band with definite Goth leanings was formed in England during 1982. Hugh (bass) met Simon (vocals) in Leeds, and the latter recruited an old friend, Tom (guitar). Together with a hastily recruited female singer they entered the studio to record an EP which brought them subsequent exposure on BBC disc jockey John Peel‘s(…)

Marcia Hines

Marcia Elaine Hines was born in Boston (USA) in 1953 and arrived in Australia in April 1970 at the age of 16 to appear in the Sydney production of Hair. That, in turn, led to her taking the role of Mary Magdalene in the Australian production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When Superstar ended in 1974, Hines became the vocalist(…)

Mari Wilson

London-born Mari MacMillan Ramsey Wilson grew up listening to everything from Stax and Motown to Judy Garland and Peggy Lee. At the age of 15, she travelled to America where she worked as a nanny for two years in Brooklyn and Kansas, during which time she intensified her love of black music, especially the Philadelphia sound pioneered by Thom(…)

Maria Muldaur

Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica d’Amato was born on 12 September 1943 in Greenwich Village, New York City (her name changed when she married Geoff Muldaur, with whom she performed in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band). Although her mother was fond of classical music, Maria grew up liking blues and big-band sounds. Joining the thriving Greenwich(…)

Marianne Faithfull

Former convent girl Marianne Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) released her debut single – the Mick Jagger/Keith Richard penned As Tears Go By – in August 1964, at the age of 17, after meeting The Rolling Stones‘ manager Andrew Loog Oldham at a party in London. He gave her a recording contract because he loved her name and looks. The(…)

Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond was the original choice to play the part of Sandy opposite John Travolta in the movie version of Grease (1978). She turned it down on moral grounds, nonplussed that her character had to “turn bad” to get her man.

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