Beginnings 1962—1963 The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers (as the band were originally called) were formed in London in December 1962 by keyboard player Manfred Mann
and drummer/vibes player Mike Hugg
. Born out of the British blues boom then sweeping London's clubs (which also spawned such luminaries as The Rolling Stones
and The Yardbirds
), the band were completed by Mike Vickers
on lead guitar, Dave Richmond
on bass, and Paul Jones
fronting as lead vocalist and harmonica player.