Manitoba in 2009
|Handsome Dick Manitoba|
|Born||January 29, 1954|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Singer, radio personality|
|The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba NYC|
Manitoba is Jewish, and was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1954. He started out his singing career as a roadie for The Dictators. He made his official stage debut with The Dictators at Popeye's Spinach Factory in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, in 1975.
The band's first major-label album, The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! (Epic Records, 1975), featured his picture on the cover and he was listed as the "Secret Weapon". While he sang some lead and some background, he was still considered a "mascot" of the band. He took on a larger singing role on The Dictators' second offering, Manifest Destiny, a 1977 release on the Asylum label. On Bloodbrothers, the third and final Dictators studio recording from the 1970s (also on Asylum, 1978), Manitoba sang lead vocals on most tracks. The Dictators disbanded in late 1981.
In 1986, Manitoba, along with other former members of the Dictators, formed Wild Kingdom. In 1989, the band rebranded itself to Manitoba's Wild Kingdom and, in 1990, released an album ...And You? on MCA Records.
The Dictators reformed in 1991.
In 2004, Manitoba threatened to sue independent electronic musician Dan Snaith for using the band name "Manitoba." Snaith changed his musical name to Caribou.
In 2004, Manitoba began hosting "The Handsome Dick Manitoba Radio Program" in Little Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel, on Sirius XM Radio. In 2005 the Village Voice awarded him "Best Satellite Radio DJ". Manitoba's gig on the Underground Garage continued for 14 years. Soon after the program was terminated, Manitoba moved on to other projects.
In 2007, Manitoba co-authored The Official Punk Rock Book of Lists with Amy Wallace.
A re-formed Manitoba's Wild Kingdom played at the 2008 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash.
In January 2012 the band Manitoba, featuring Manitoba, Ross the Boss, Dean Rispler (ex-Murphys Law), JP Paterson, and Daniel Rey, was formed to play the Light of the Day Festival in Asbury park, a benefit for medical charities. After a handful of shows, in September 2012, the band toured Europe. In April 2013, the band name was rebranded to The Dictators NYC. Further tours of the US and Europe followed in subsequent years.
A single Supply and Demand, composed by Boss, Manitoba, and Manitoba's son Jake, and backed with a live version of the MC5's Kick Out the Jams, was released in November 2015. In July 2017, it was announced that the band name would be changed back to Manitoba, "due to legal threats by ex-bandmates, Andy Shernoff and Scott Kempner".
Manitoba's first solo album, Born in the Bronx, was released November 2019, on Liberation Records, distributed by MVD. 
Manitoba pled guilty to disorderly conduct, in New York State on May 3, 2018, after initially being charged with assault, obstruction of breathing, attempted assault, and harassment in an incident with his then-girlfriend, Zoe Hansen.
In February 2019, Manitoba started his own podcast, "You don't know Dick." He also has a Youtube channel.