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Carl Mann (born August 22, 1942, Huntingdon, Tennessee) is an American rockabilly singer and pianist.


Mann was raised in rural Tennessee; his parents owned a lumber business. He sang in church and did country songs for local talent shows, playing guitar and piano. In 1957, he released his first single on Jaxon Records, "Gonna Rock and Roll Tonight" b/w "Rockin' Love." Several further singles on Jaxon followed, after which Carl Perkins' drummer, W.S. Holland, became Mann's manager, signing him to Sun Records.[1] Sun owner Sam Phillips signed Mann to a three-year contract, and soon after Sun released Mann's rockabilly version of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa." Mann and Conway Twitty both released single versions of the tune at the same time, and both charted; it was sixteen-year-old Mann's first hit, peaking at No. 24 on the US Black Singles chart and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959.[2]

Mann's follow-up singles were less successful; he covered several pop standards, but the only charting hit was 1959's "Pretend," which peaked at No. 57 Pop.[2] An LP, Like Mann, was released in 1960 but did not sell well, and Mann began to drift from the business. He did a stint in the Army in 1964, and then released a single, "Down to My Last I Love You," on Monument Records; after it failed, he returned to family life and battled problems with alcoholism.[1]

Mann returned as a country artist in 1974, releasing singles on ABC and Dot. His 1976 single "Twilight Time" scraped the US Country Singles chart, peaking at No. 100.[2] In 1977, he landed a deal with Dutch record label Rockhouse Records, who released a live/studio split Gonna Rock'n'Roll Tonight in 1978 and In Rockabilly Country in 1981. He toured occasionally in Europe in the 1980s, but eventually returned once again to running the family logging outfit.[1]

Mann came out of music retirement in 2005, performing on the local Huntingdon Hayride radio show in his hometown. He continues to perform overseas and in the states, and record. A CD called Rockabilly Highway, featuring Mann, and Sun Records label mates W. S. Holland and Rayburn Anthony, was released in 2008. He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, TN, in 2006. In May 2011, A book on his life and music career called The Last Son of Sun was released.

Partial Discography[edit]

  • Like Mann (1960)
  • Gonna Rock 'N' Roll Tonight (1978)
  • In Rockabilly Country (1981)
  • Rockin' love - Original Sun recordings (1987)
  • Strait And Narrow Road (2006)
  • Legendary Country Influences (2007)
  • Carl Mann (2012)


  1. ^ a b c Biography, Allmusic.com
  2. ^ a b c Chart Positions, Allmusic.com

External links[edit]

  • [www.carlmann.net Official Carl Mann website]

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The News

The News
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:07:30 -0700

... who helped shape the sounds of 1950's rock 'n' roll from which he takes his influence, including Sun Records greats like Sonny Burgess, Dale Hawkins, Carl Mann, Johnny Cash's original drummer, W.S. Holland, and Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun session drummer, ...

Spencer Daily Reporter

Spencer Daily Reporter
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:59:36 -0700

Carl Mann said. "As it goes, the Apostles are stranded on a boat and Jesus walks toward them, on the water. Every once in awhile we get lucky like that." Mann uses the special venue as a way to get his congregation away from the physical building once ...

Dickinson County News

Dickinson County News
Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:37:30 -0700

(Photo submitted) Sunday's service through St. Alban's Episcopal Church will be held on the Queen II. For more than 20 years the congregation has a sermon and fellowship on the waters of West Lake Okoboji. Sunday's service departs the State Pier at 9 a.m..

Nashville Scene

Nashville Scene
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:22:30 -0700

In the summer of 1959, 16-year-old Huntingdon, Tenn., native Carl Mann recorded a rockabilly version of the Nat King Cole's pop hit “Mona Lisa” that promptly stormed the Top 40, topping out at No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although he didn't know it ...

Wink News

Wink News
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0700

The month-long investigation targeted drug dealers selling heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, and marijuana to vacationers. One of those caught by undercover detectives is a former police chief, identified as Carl Mann from Illinois. According to LCSO, Mann ...

The News-Press

The News-Press
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:31:14 -0700

Information on suspect Carl Mann was exempt per Florida statutes as he is a retired police chief from La Moille, Ill. He was charged with sale and possession of marijuana. Two other suspects are wanted in relation to the operation, Wilberson Vilsaint ...
Evansville Courier & Press
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:03:45 -0700

Carl Mann, senior pastor at New Horizon, said his congregation of about 200 agreed last fall that they had outgrown their Stringtown Road facility. They were in the process of funding a capital campaign to help build an addition onto the existing ...

CTV News

CTV News
Fri, 15 May 2015 12:52:30 -0700

Daryl Nagy of Saskatoon. • Bradley Carl Mann of Martensville. • Terry Eide of Calgary. • Rob Allen of Saskatoon. • Ryan Hillman of Saskatoon. • Mark Michael Nowakowski of Saskatoon. • Christopher Keith Lester of Saskatoon. • Layne Joseph James Boorman ...

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