Relive How Great Klaus Voormann Is With ‘The Mighty Quinn’ 1968 Performance
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We’re reliving the greatest moments of Klaus Voormann in the bass with this 1968 performance at the German TV music show, Beat-Club. The video can be seen below.
Klaus Voormann might be the many names that would ring in your ears whenever you’d hear the name of The Beatles. After all, he’s one of the greatest and oldest friends of the fab four, and his talents as both a respectable bassist and a fantastic artist were of great advantage to the band. Apart from his iconic drawing of the cover for The Beatles’ album Revolver, he had played as the session bassist for John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison on the musicians’ respective albums post-Beatle breakup.
Having turned down offers from bands like the Hollies and the Moody Blues, Voormann agreed to become a part of the English rock band Manfred Mann, known for their no. 1 hit, “Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn).”
The song (more commonly called “The Mighty Quinn”) was originally written by Bob Dylan, in 1967, but didn’t release the song yet until 1970. It was of rare occurrence that Dylan would allow an artist to record his track before him, but this song was of exception. Dylan tells the story of a highly-anticipated Quinn the Eskimo, with the lyrics telling a vague story behind him. Nevertheless, this was a chart-topping single for Manfred Mann.
The performance viewed below speaks for the band’s glory days. Voormann delivered the bass lines neatly, and he is also seen to be performing a flute as well. That’s just all in a day’s work for him.
Watch the performance below.