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July 9, 2014

Johnny Mann dies at 85

Johnny Mann, center, with Regis Philbin, left, and Joey Bishop. Mr. Mann was music director of the Bishop show in 1967-69.

The New York Times reports that Johnny Mann, who won two Grammy Awards as leader of the clean-cut easy-listening vocal group the Johnny Mann Singers, died on June 18 at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. The cause was heart failure, his wife, Betty, said.

I had the great pleasure of knowing Johnny and talked to him many times over the years. His first response was always "Still alive and kicking" whenever I asked how things were and he was very congenial and easy to talk with. Always the perfect gentleman he seemed very happy in his retirement. I will miss those conversations.

Here's a studio line up of the Johnny Mann Singers. L-R: Bob Joyce, Randy Crenshaw, Don Shelton, Johnny Mann, Melissa Mackay, Darlene Koldenhoven and Linda Harmon/Photo courtesy of Betty Mann)

New York Times obit.

Posted by acapnews at July 9, 2014 12:00 AM