My Name Is Jack

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"My Name Is Jack" is a song written by American record producer John Simon[1] and released as a single by British group Manfred Mann in 1968.[2] Their version reached number 8 on UK record charts.[3]


The lyrics and music were written by John Simon, and his own version was included on the soundtrack of the 1968 film You Are What You Eat.[1] The song tells the story of a resident of the " Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls", which was the nickname of a real hostel, the Kirkland Hotel, in San Francisco, where part of the movie was filmed.[4][5][6] Formerly the Kashu Hotel, the building became dilapidated and was demolished; the Christ United Presbyterian Church was opened on the site in 1975.[7]

The song was one of the first high-profile sessions at the newly constructed Trident Studios in London, which would later become renowned for its use by artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, and others.

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  1. ^ a b "AFI Catalog of Feature Films - You Are What You Eat". American Film Institute. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Shinner, Merrill (13 April 1977). "Manfred Mann rewrites the past". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 488. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 
  4. ^ Retrieved 17 July 2014
  5. ^ Mark Christensen, Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy, IPG, 2010, p.203, Retrieved 17 July 2014
  6. ^ Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls, discussion at Retrieved 17 July 2014
  7. ^ San Francisco's Japantown, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, p.35
  8. ^ "Nouvelles Vagues", ' Retrieved 1 December 2015
  9. ^ "Great White Wonder", ' Retrieved 1 December 2015

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