July 9, 2014
Johnny Mann dies at 85
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)
Posted by acapnews at July 9, 2014 12:00 AM