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 the same time, Manfred was offered a post lecturing students of music at South London’s Goldsmith’s College. He accepted while still continuing with the Earth Band.
In 1976 – after changing record companies and signing with Bronze – the band enjoyed further international success with a cover of Bruce Springsteen‘s Blinded By The Light and again in 1978 with Davy’s On The Road Again.