Manny Flores Jr. was born in El Paso, Texas on October 9
. Manny spent his first eighteen years of life as an
army brat, traveling and listening to music in a variety of
different places. These places include Fort Sill, Oklahoma;
Augusta, Georgia; Ansbach, Bavaria; Fort Benning, Georgia;
and Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He began his playing career in
the summer of 1971 at a gig at the Fort Huachuca NCO Club.
At this time his inspiration for the bass was fellow left-
handed bass player Paul McCartney (his first bass is a left-
handed Hofner Violin Bass. Manny graduated from
Buena High School in Sierra Vista in l972.He also listened
to jazz when he would by Blue Note LPs at the bargain bin.
Eric Dolphy and Charles Mingus were among his favorites.
He then graduated from Cochise College in Douglas Arizona
in 1974 with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts.
In 1975 he moved back to his hometown of El Paso, Texas He
begin playing in various groups in the El Paso area
including Top 40 groups and Country and Western groups doing
the Dyer Street circuit and road gigs in New Mexico, Wyoming
and Arizona He enrolled at the University of Texas at El