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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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Roodepoort Northsider (blog)

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:27:55 -0800

Breakfast with Councillor Carl Mann. KLOOFENDAL – Ward 85 Councillor Carl Mann is ready to ensure municipal service runs smoothly ahead of this year's municipal elections. January 15, 2016. Councillor Carl Mann is ready to assist residents in his ward.

Bristol Post

Bristol Post
Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:01:22 -0800

DESPITE being homeless himself Carl Mann has set up a charity helping other rough sleepers off the streets. Carl has already paid for three people to move into new flats, even though the altruistic 44-year-old has spent almost six months living in a tent.

Roodepoort Record (blog)

Roodepoort Record (blog)
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:28:51 -0800

Ward 85 councillor Carl Mann shows the damage done to the embankment and barriers on Christiaan de Wet and Wilgerood Roads in a recent accident. Behind him, motorists take the slipway from Wilgerood into Christiaan de Wet Road. Photo: Mathilde ...

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:40:34 -0800

Ward 85 Councillor Carl Mann says something should be done to clear the area along Christiaan de Wet Road. It has been more than a year since the greenbelt area along Christiaan de Wet Road up to Jim Fouché Road was cleared by City Parks. Ward 85 ...

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:11:15 -0800

Ward 85 Councillor Carl Mann explained how a few residents have to deal with spilled or cracked bins. “This happens, according to Pikitup, because of the strong mechanisms in the trucks used during a strike or when their trucks are in for service.

Flathead Publishing Group

Flathead Publishing Group
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:03:45 -0800

John Bennet proudly displays his buck with Rudy Smith. Taken on hunt by Jesse and Carl Mann a few years ago. 4894590R RMEF HHN. Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016 9:06 am. Montana Wounded Warriors are not part of Wounded Warrior Project By ...

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)

Roodepoort Northsider (blog)
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:20:28 -0800

Ward 85 Councillor Carl Mann stands close to the intersection of Jim Fouché Road and Wilhelmina Drive in Constantia Kloof. He explained that he asked one of the residents who lives close to the intersection to get the community together and write a ...

Roodepoort Record (blog)

Roodepoort Record (blog)
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 02:09:35 -0800

DA Councillor for Ward 85, Carl Mann has been bearing the brunt of outraged community members for his alleged role in the Dayspring Study Centre debacle. According to Mann his phone has been ringing off the hook since the latest story regarding the ...

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