Pretty Flamingo

Album: Mann Made Hits (1966)
Charted: 1 29

Songfacts®:

  • This song is not about a flamingo of course, but is a sort of love song about an unspecified though particularly attractive young woman. It was written by Mark Barkan from a short-lived psychedelic band from Philadelphia, called The Deep. Barkan also wrote songs for many other artists including The Archies and The Monkees, and was a musical director for the television show The Banana Splits. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander - London, England
  • It was Manfred Mann's record producer, John Burgess who introduced the group to the song. Vocalist Paul Jones recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh:

    "'Pretty Flamingo' was the first song that was brought to the band from someone other than ourselves. I didn't like it much as it didn't have a black flavour, but I see now that it could have been done by The Drifters. Ben E King could have done a great job on it."
  • Jack Bruce played bass on this. It was the only occasion in the legendary musician's career that he played on a UK #1 hit single.

Comments: 6

  • Frank from PasadenaJust heard Mike McGear confirm Jack Bruce played bass on Lily The Pink by The Scaffold, another UK number one single.
  • Ed from Keene, New HampshireA young jack Bruce is on bass here ... RIP, Jack.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 26th 1966, "Pretty Flamingo" by Manfred Mann entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #72; and on July 31st, 1966 it peaked at #29 (for 2 weeks) and spent 8 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 7th, 1966 it reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on the United Kingdom's Singles chart and it peaked at #2 in Canada...
    Between 1964 and 1969 the British quartet had six Top 100 records; two made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" for 2 weeks in 1964.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love Rod Stewart's version. Classic.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyBruce Springsteen has performed this song in 25 different concerts!!!
  • Anders from Järfälla, SwedenThis was also recorded by Gene Pitney
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