MARK LEEMAN FIVE – Blow My Blues Away

MARK LEEMAN FIVE – \’Blow My Blues Away\’ / \’On The Horizon\’ (Columbia DB 7648) July 1965

The Mark Leeman Five were one of those sad tales of \’what could have been\’. In 1964 their career was starting to take off with prime support slots for hot new band Manfred Mann at London\’s Marquee Club. They even secured gigs at hip mod hideout The Cromwellian Club. Not only this but their first single \’Portland Town\’, released in January 1965 was critically acclaimed.

Sadly band leader and singer/songwriter Mark Leeman was killed in a car crash on 27/06/65. The rest of the band had planned to carry on with a new singer but they called it quits a year later after subsequent 45s (already recorded with Leeman before his death) went no where.

\’Blow My Blues Away\’ is a big favourite of mine. The flip is a beat cover of \’On The Horizon\’ previously done by The Drifters. The producer on this disc was Kenneth Pitt who mainly managed bands. Those under his guidance were Manfred Mann, David Bowie and Marc Bolan


  1. Brilliantly underated band! See For Miles did a LP comp of them in the late 80\’s or early 90\’s I believe,but the mind fades with age!

  2. The comp was called The Memorial Album and contained both sides of all the demo and official singles recorded by the band, 1962-66, plus their unreleased demo album from 1963. Issued by See For Miles on CD in 1991. Not reissued but copies crop up on Amazon from time to time. Strongly recommended if you're into early British R'n'B.

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