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] It became an international Top 10 hit, however, in the U.S., the song reached only #104.[4]

Background[edit]

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.[5][6][7] Formerly the Kashu Hotel, the building became dilapidated and was demolished; the Christ United Presbyterian Church was opened on the site in 1975.[8]

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.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
position
Austria 1
Australia (Go-Set)[9] 10
Australia (Kent Music Report) 7
Canada RPM Top Singles[10] 27
Germany 7
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 13
Netherlands 16
New Zealand (Listener)[12] 10
UK Singles Chart [3] 8
U.S. Billboard [13] 104

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 488. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004
  5. ^ GarboForever.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014
  6. ^ Mark Christensen, Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy, IPG, 2010, p.203, Retrieved 17 July 2014
  7. ^ Greta Garbo Home for Wayward Boys and Girls, discussion at HipForums.com. Retrieved 17 July 2014
  8. ^ San Francisco's Japantown, Arcadia Publishing, 2005, p.35
  9. ^ Go-Set National Top 40, 28 August 1968
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1968-08-03. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – My Name Is Jack". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  12. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 6 September 1968
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Bubbling Under the Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004
  14. ^ "Nouvelles Vagues", 'Discogs.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015
  15. ^ "Great White Wonder", 'Discogs.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015

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