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

Biography[edit]

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)

References[edit]

  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 - Mona Lisa

Sun Studios rockabilly - Phillips International 3539 1959.

Carl Mann - Pretend

1959.

Carl Mann Mona Lisa viva las vegas 17

The best sounding video out there! CARL MANN @ VIVA LAS VEGAS 17 "MONA LISA" WITH: ASHLEY KINGMAN, BOBBY TRIMBLE, SHORTY POOLE, CARL SONNY LEYLAND,

Carl Mann - Ain't got no home.mpg

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

Carl Mann - Ubangi stomp

Carl Mann - Gonna Rock And Roll Tonight

1957 Rockabilly.

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 the '50s.

Carl Mann - Pretend

Carl Mann Pretend.

CARL MANN Mona Lisa ALT.TAKE 1959

CARL MANN Mona Lisa ALT.TAKE 1959 SUN STUDIO jan/feb 1959 rockabilly.

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IonMesquite.com

IonMesquite.com
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:15:00 -0700

Mesquite Baseball Inc. will mark the 60th anniversary of when five men – Gene Shands, Carl Mann, Punch Rorie, Loncy Leake and Frank Baker – brought organized baseball to their community with a Founding Fathers Celebration on April 11 at Valley Creek ...

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 ...

The Tennessean

Nashville Scene
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. ...

KVAL

KVAL
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.
 
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 ...

CTV News

CTV News
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 ...

CTV News

CTV News
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 ...

Barron's (blog)

Barron's (blog)
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:26:53 -0800

JANUARY 29, 2015 12:37 P.M.; Carl Mann wrote: The idea is to buy low and sell high. RIG, among others, is low. Price of oil will rebound. Soon you will hear about the summer driving season, then late in the year the cold winter. Look past the current ...
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