Chris Thompson Profile

Murray Cammick
14 May 2013

Chris Thompson was born in England but grew up in New Zealand. He started by playing weekly church youth club dances in high school band The Paragons but eventually returned to the UK, where his career took off in acts including Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Night.

Thompson's high school band The Paragons evolved into Dynasty before he formed Mandrake, a group that played weekend dances in Hamilton. Then in 1972, Thompson returned to England via Australia.

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Chris Thompson in Mandrake, 1970
Photo credit: Photo by Malcolm Curson
Chris Thompson (2nd from left in the rear) with Manfred Mann's Eath Band
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Night in 1979 with Chris Thompson in the centre
Chris Thompson/Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn (The Night of The Proms)
Mandrake, Hamilton 1970, with Chris Thompson on left
Photo credit: Photo by Malcolm Curson
Manfred Mann - Blinded by the Light
Chris Thompson's NZ tour in 1987. Thompson was the first New Zealander to feature on a No.1 US single.