Manfred Mann were around in the 1960s, purveying catchy pop tunes - "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy", "Pretty Flamingo", a hit cover of Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn", "My Name Is Jack", "Semi-Detached, Suburban Mr James", "Ha Ha Said The Clown" and post break-up even a classic yoghurt advertisement theme "Ski (Full Of Fitness)"
Skip forward to the early 70s and Manfred pops up again, this time as founder and keyboard player of prog rock band Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
My first memory of them is liking a single called "Joybringer" from the album "Solar Fire". This contained elements of Jupiter, The Bringer of Joy from The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst.
Next, I was browsing at the HMV Store in Oxford Street and heard a glorious noise coming over the tannoy. After asking at the counter, I was told that it was "Crossfade" from the "Nightingales and Bombers" album.
I later found out that this album was so-called because part of the title track contains a naturalist's recording during World War II of a nightingale singing in a garden as warplanes flew overhead.
Another track on the record was "Spirits In The Night", which it turned out was a cover of a Springsteen track.
I first put my hand in my pocket to buy an Earth Band album in about 1976 when I heard the hit single "Blinded By The Light" which is another Springsteen cover.
The slightly more up-tempo tracks are "The Road To Babylon", "Starbird" and (not sure if it is a live recording or not) instrumental "Waiter, There's A Yawn In My Ear".
I heard little of the band for many years, but still loved these records.
The Jerusalem Times article told me that Manfred Mann was playing his first concerts since 2004.
I wish him well and thank him for the music.