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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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Carl Mann - Pretend


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Carl Mann Pretend.

Carl Mann Interview Part 1

From the "Rockabilly Days" television show. Carl and Larry Donn talk about Carl's hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Pretend" of '59, and about rock and roll music of th...

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Re-recorded in 1981 for Rockhouse, far better than the original. Nice bit of guitar work.

Carl Mann - Gonna Rock And Roll Tonight

1957 Rockabilly.

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MONA LISA - Carl Mann

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68 news items

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 ...
Appleton Post Crescent
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:53:19 -0700

It's co-owned by Elvis impersonator Carl Mann and the place regularly hosts special nights dedicated to The King, Marilyn Monroe and classic cars. -CHARLIES_081209DJP337.jpg_20090813.jpg Buy Photo. Dressed as Elvis, owner Carl Mann has fun ...

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 ...

Jackson Sun

Jackson Sun
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:15:08 -0800

I like that one because it mentions Carl Perkins, myself, Carl Mann, W.S. Holland, and people from here who were working in the music business back then.” Mark Brooks, the drummer on Anthony's new album, attended the release party and said he couldn't ...
Jackson Sun
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:50:22 -0700

Holland helped discover Carl Mann, and he played drums on Mann's famous song called “Mona Lisa.” He also brought the Statler Brothers to Cash's attention, and he recorded with well-known stars such as Johnny Horton and Marty Stuart. In 1997, when ...

Roanoke Times

Roanoke Times
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:34:06 -0800

... her daughter-in-law Mary S. Williams of Pembroke; her grandchildren Jessie (Daphane) Williams, Kerry Williams, Rachel (Carl) Mann Deanna (Ryan) Starbuck, Natalie (Justin) Page; her great-grandchildren Kylie, William, Caroline, Taylor, Clayton and ...
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 ...
Dickinson County News
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:11:15 -0700

The list of readers included; Fr. Carl Mann, St. Albans Episcopal Church, Spirit Lake; 10-year old Lauren Ditsworth, fourth grade student at Okoboji Elementary School read along with her mother, Ann; Marlys Scherlin, Wahpeton, a Lakes Regional Hospice ...

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