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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. Mann continues to perform to date. Sun Record showcases in Las Vegas, "Viva Las Vegas" at Orleans Hotel in Vegas. Nashville's "Ink and Iron", and other venues. He will be performing in Milwaukee Oct. 10th. When dates allow his son Richard Mann joins him on stage to carry on the family tradition. Carl Mann's love for performing to his audiences keep him coming back for more performances. Carl Mann's 2015 Cd release through Jaxon Records is in final stages. December 2015 a promoter asked Carl to return to Studio 19 in Nashville early in 2015 and record with producer Larry Rogers again, to complete tracks that began for an album that began in 2013.New tracks unreleased by Carl Mann in the past may be on this album.

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

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Dickinson County News

Dickinson County News
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:48:45 -0700

Carl Mann and Kathy Wassom, both of St Albans Episcopal Church, Spirit Lake. DAR members who participated were Sharon Kay Wilson Godfrey, Spirit Lake and Cherokee; June Parker Goldman, Spirit Lake; JoAnne Heerdt, Milford; DAR Historian/Librarian ...

Waupaca County News

Waupaca County News
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 07:48:45 -0700

There will also be face painting by Carl Mann, a kid's petting zoo, inflatables for the kids, wagon rides and more. Local restaurants and the Hortonville Lions Club will feature ethnic foods and beers for sale in the food court. The Pixie Dust ...

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 ...

Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton Post Crescent
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:11:15 -0700

This impersonator is Carl Mann, co-owner of the drive-in with sister Rachel Mann-Rosenfeldt. Don't ask Mann's wife, Tori, what she thinks of the thick mutton chop sideburns he grows to resemble The King. When a customer commented "nice chops, dude," ...


Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:31:38 -0700

Carl Mann of Trumansburg said the moose head came from a strip club in Buffalo. The Madison-Bouckville Antique Week, Monday August 10, 2015. Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com. Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com · Print Email.

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 01:11:44 -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 ...

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