Carl Mann / The Sun Records

Carl Mann

Carl Richard Mann (August 22, 1942 – December 16, 2020) was an American rockabilly singer and pianist from West Tennessee.[1] He was referred to as "The Last Son of Sun", as he was one of the final artists introduced by Sam Phillips of Sun Records.

In 1957 at the age of 15, Mann released his first single on Jaxon Records, "Gonna Rock and Roll Tonight" b/w "Rockin' Love". After he released several more singles on Jaxon, W.S. Holland became Mann's manager, and took the young singer to Sun Records. (Holland was the drummer for singer/songwriter Carl Perkins.)

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" in 1959.
Mann and Conway Twitty released single versions of the tune at the same time that year, and both charted; it was sixteen-year-old Mann's first hit, peaking at No. 24 on the US R&B Singles chart and No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It ultimately sold a million records.

Mann's follow-up singles were less successful; he covered several pop standards, but his 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 music business.
After serving in the Army in 1964, he released a single, "Down to My Last I Love You", on Monument Records. But it failed and he returned to family life and the lumber business, where he battled with problems of alcoholism.

In 1974, Mann worked to revive his career as a country artist, 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, which released a live/studio split Gonna Rock'n'Roll Tonight in 1978 and In Rockabilly Country in 1981.
Mann toured occasionally in Europe in the 1980s, but eventually returned to Tennessee and running the family logging outfit.

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