HMV POP 1523 picture sleeve
|Single by Manfred Mann|
|"You're Standing By"|
|Released||15 April 1966|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Recorded||18 March 1966|
EMI Studios, London
|Label||His Master's Voice POP 1523|
|Manfred Mann singles chronology|
"Pretty Flamingo" is a song written by Mark Barkan, which became a hit in 1966 when Manfred Mann's recording of it was released as a single. The single reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 5 May 1966. Manfred Mann's recording was a minor hit in the United States where it spent eight weeks on Billboard 's Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 29 during the week of August 6, 1966. It was also successful in Ireland, and was number one there for four weeks, keeping the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" at number two.
The speaker describes a woman--whom "all of the guys call [...] 'Flamingo', 'cause her hair glows like the sun and her eyes can light the sky"--for whom the singer has fallen, and his plans to win her affection.
The recording features future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who briefly joined the band in 1965. The original demo of the song was recorded by noted New York City vocalist Jimmy Radcliffe stylized for The Drifters, but songwriter Mark Barkan was dissatisfied with the overly produced results and had Radcliffe recut the song with a pared-down arrangement.
Both the Everly Brothers and Gene Pitney released cover versions of 'Pretty Flamingo' on albums they recorded in 1966 (the Everly Brothers' Two Yanks in England and Pitney's Backstage (I'm Lonely) [which was titled Nobody Needs Your Love in the U.K.]).
|Canada RPM 100||2|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||12|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||15|
|Rhodesia (Lyons Maid Hits of the Week)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||29|
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