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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
- 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)
- [www.carlmann.net Official Carl Mann website]
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:18:45 -0800
The sound of Larry Eades & The Sounds has long been silent but the memories linger on for the surviving members. Formed in Fulton around 1958, The Sounds played rock 'n' roll – think Chuck Berry, Carl Mann and others of their ilk – in venues around the ...
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 ...
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:19:23 -0800
As for die-hard rockabilly bop, there's the always wonderful Wanda Jackson, Reverend Horton Heat and a special Legends of Sun Records showcase that will include W.S. Holland, Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers, Carl Mann, Sleepy LaBeef, J.M. ...
Mon, 29 Dec 2014 16:45:00 -0800
Police: 100 mph chase over when suspect turns onto dead end street. William Carl Mann. SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Officers caught up with a driver who sped away from police at 100 mph in a stolen car after he turned onto a dead end street Saturday night.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:43:10 -0800
Bradley Carl Mann, 36, of Martensville. • Terry Eide, 31, of Calgary. • Rob Allen, 34, of Saskatoon. • Ryan Hillman, 27, of Saskatoon. • Mark Michael Nowakowski, 44, of Saskatoon. • Christopher Keith Lester, 33, of Saskatoon. • Layne Joseph James ...
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:40:25 -0800
Fourteen people from across western Canada are facing drug and weapons charges after search warrants were issued on several properties in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The operation, dubbed Project FORSETI, was conducted by the Integrated Organized ...
North Jefferson News
North Jefferson News
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:28:41 -0800
Carl Mann, or as many in the community know him, “Woogie,” served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. He served in Hawaii, California and aboard the USS Valley Forge, which saw extensive service during the Korean War. The USS Valley Forge ...
Appleton Post Crescent
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:53:19 -0700
These restaurants might be a little dingy, divy or a bit greasy, but that's all good. Those characteristics are actually part of their appeal. In my "Monday Question" for readers this week, I asked what local restaurants would qualify for the TV show ...
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