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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)
  • 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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Carl Mann - Pretend


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Carl Mann - Mona Lisa

Sun Studios rockabilly - Phillips International 3539 1959.

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at Viva Las Vegas 2014.

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5 news items

Jackson Sun
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0700

Rayburn Anthony, Carl Mann & The Rockabilly Show is set for 7:30 p.m., Friday. Travis Cottrell performs Aug. 1; The Kimberlie Helton Band, Aug. 8; and the Jackson Symphony Jazz Concert is Aug. 15. A surprise guest performs Sept. 5; the Jackson Swing ...
Jackson Sun
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:11:16 -0700

Rayburn Anthony, Carl Mann & The Rockabilly Show is set for July 25; Travis Cottrell, Aug. 1; The Kimberlie Helton Band, Aug. 8; and the Jackson Symphony Jazz Concert, Aug. 15. A surprise guest performs Sept. 5; the Jackson Swing Orchestra hits the ...
Jackson Sun
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:04:17 -0700

Local briefs: Highway Committee votes to accept grant for Tenn. 223 work; Jackson-Madison County School Board to talk restructuring; Crockett County author to sign books today; Friday concert rescheduled ...
Jackson Sun
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:15:00 -0700

Kroger may be mum on the subject of what its intentions are at West Towne Commons, but it's common knowledge the direction the company is headed at 35 W. University Parkway. The company which owns 10 acres of land to the west of the store will add in ...
Jackson Sun
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:24:45 -0700

Destiny Church has become the newest tenant at Hamilton Hills Shopping Center and the location they selected replaces a former night club – Desperados. “We were not ready to build from the ground up,” Rhonda Pettigrew said. “But we were ready for this.”.

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