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Blinded By The Light Project: 2 of 3 Goals Achieved!

18 April 2009

Right now, my world is totally ruled by the video above of Manfred Mann performing "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". And that's not entirely irrelevant to this post.

You may recall the three goals of the Blinded By The Light Project. OK, actually, you probably got here through a Google search and have no idea what I'm talking about. So let me sum it up very quickly:

  1. Connect Steve Miller to Bruce Springsteen's version of "Blinded By The Light" in two steps.  This is done.
  2. Connect Steve Miller to the version of "Blinded By The Light" recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band in two steps.
  3. Connect the two above-mentioned versions of "Blinded By The Light" to each other in two steps.

We're still working on #3 (and could really use your help if you have any ideas) but I'm happy to report that #2 has been achieved!  Chris Thompson, the singer on the Manfred Mann's Earth Band track, was subsequently in a band called Night.  The piano player in Night was Nicky Hopkins.  In addition to recording with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Nicky Hopkins has recorded with Steve Miller.

So, Chris Thompson connects Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" to a Night track (step 1) and Nicky Hopkins connects the Night track to Steve Miller (step 2).

The two "Blinded By The Light" tracks are both still four steps apart.  Time to get to work on that!