Dr. And Mrs. Johnny Mann Visit Chattanooga

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Famed leader and arranger of the Johnny Mann Singers was in Chattanooga for a weekend visit. Johnny and Betty Mann have been long-time friends of Tom and Faye Hammett and their daughters.  

This visit was simply a pleasure visit to enjoy good conversation, good food, and to spend Friday afternoon on "Dr. Tom's" Going Home radio program on WDYN from 4:30-6 p.m.

About 10 years ago, the Hammetts and Manns connected through a fan letter that was sent to Johnny Mann when they still lived in the California desert near Hollywood.

  Subsequently, the Manns moved to Anderson, S.C., where members of Mrs. Mann reside. Mr. Mann has been to Chattanooga a number of times to direct his arrangements with the Hammett's church choir.

Recently, an autobiography has been published entitled The Music Mann: My Life in Song by Mr. Mann and is available at www.johnnymannsingers.com.  The book highlights many details of the arranger's background, the scores of Hollywood celebrities with whom he has worked, the years of the Johnny Mann Singers, his work as music director for the Alvin and the Chipmunks television program (he was the voice of Theodore,) band leader for the Joey Bishop Show, the three years of 'Stand Up and Cheer' television series featuring the music of the Johnny Mann Singers, as well as the five Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy awards.

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