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Ed Manion

Ed Manion
Manion in 2006
Background information
Origin United States
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax
Associated acts Southside Johnny
The Sessions Band
The Miami Horns
Bruce Springsteen
E Street Band
Little Steven
Robert Cray

Ed Manion (born February 28, 1952), also known as Eddie "Kingfish" Manion, is an American saxophonist who plays both tenor and baritone sax.[1] He is currently a touring member of the horn section for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and was a member of Bruce Springsteen with The Seeger Sessions Band Tour later called Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band.[2][3] He is an original member of Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, The Miami Horns and Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. As a Session Musician he has recorded, toured, and/or performed with, among others, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Diana Ross, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bon Jovi, Willy DeVille, Dave Edmunds, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector, Dion, The Allman Brothers Band, Kim Wilson, Dion and Graham Parker. As a solo artist he released his own CD titled Follow Through in 2004.[1][4][5][6]


  • Early years 1
  • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes 2
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 3
  • Robert Cray 4
  • Discography 5
  • References 6

Early years

Manion attended Berklee College of Music after graduating from Lakewood High School in 1970 and as a youth played in several bar bands on the Jersey Shore. These included Lazarus who recorded an album in Nashville on the Shelby Singleton Label (Amazon Records) in 1970,[7] The Dark Side and Little Joe and the Kokomo's.[8] It was while playing with these bands along with his late night jamming at the infamous Upstage Club in the late sixties that he first met Southside Johnny, and Bruce Springsteen.[5]

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

In 1976, together with trumpet player Tony Palligrosi, he auditioned and joined the Asbury Jukes. He subsequently became a permanent member of the band's horn sectionThe Miami Horns.[9] He is featured prominently on the album Hearts Of Stone, playing a baritone sax solo on the track "I Played The Fool". In the early 1980s, Manion was also featured on Van Zandt's solo album, Men Without Women, released under the name Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul. He provided another baritone sax solo on the track "Forever".[10]

Manion in Amsterdam, 2007

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

On 2/1/09 Manion performed and played baritone sax as part of a 5 piece horn section with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.[6][11] He has also toured and recorded intermittently with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He first toured with Springsteen in August 1976 during the Born to Run tour.[12] During the Born in the U.S.A. Tour, together with The Miami Horns Richie "La Bamba" Rosenberg (trombone), Mark Pender (trumpet), Mike Spengler (trumpet) and Stan Harrison (tenor sax), Manion also made several guest appearances, most notably at Meadowlands Arena in August 1984; a version of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" from that date is included on the Live/1975-85 album. The subsequent Tunnel Of Love Express tour of 1988, did however feature a horn section much more prominently. Manion together with Rosenberg, Pender, Spengler and Mario Cruz, sometimes referred to as The Tunnel Of Love Horns, accompanied Springsteen throughout the tour. They also made occasional guest appearances during the Human Rights Now! Tour. Since 2012, Manion has been part of the E Street Horns appearing on the Wrecking Ball World Tour and High Hopes Tour.

Robert Cray

Between 1991 and 1994, Manion was also a full-time member of The Robert Cray Band and played alongside B.B. King, Albert Collins and John Lee Hooker. Together with trumpet player Mark Pender, they played and arranged horns on the Grammy-nominated Cray album, Shame + A Sin.[9]


Manion performing with the Asbury Jukes in Amsterdam, 2007
Manion performing with the Asbury Jukes in New Jersey, 2008
  • Eddie Manion
    • Follow Through (2004)
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
    • Live At The Bottom Line (1976)
    • This Time It's For Real (1977)
    • Hearts Of Stone (1978)
    • The Jukes (1979)
    • Love Is A Sacrifice (1980)
    • Reach Up and Touch The Sky (1981)
    • Better Days (1992)
    • Messin' With The Blues (2000)
    • Goin' To Jukesville (2002)
    • Into the Harbour (2005)
  • Southside Johnny & La Bambas Big Band
    • Grapefruit Moon - The Songs of Tom Waits (2008)
  • Graham Parker
    • Burning Questions (1992)
    • No Holding Back (1996)


  1. ^ a b "Ed Manion | Credits". AllMusic. 1952-02-28. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Thom Jurek. "Live in Dublin - The Sessions Band,Bruce Springsteen | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Backstreet Records". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  5. ^ a b Michelle Paponetti, "The Kingfish Speaks Out: An Interview with Eddie Manion,, retrieved 01-09-2009
  6. ^ a b Official homepage of saxophonist eddie kingfish manion, official home""". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  7. ^ "B". 2009-10-28. Archived from the original on 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  8. ^ "updates!". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  9. ^ a b [2]
  10. ^ [3]
  11. ^ "Springsteen News Archive Feb - Mar 2009". Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  12. ^ [4]
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