Famed Choral Leader Johnny Mann, Who Made Several Chattanooga Visits, Dies At 85

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Famed choral leader Johnny Mann died on Wednesday, June 18, at the age of 85 of heart failure.

He had made several visits to Chattanooga, where he was close friends with local church music leader and announcer Tom Hammett. Mr. Hammett will be one of the speakers at the funeral.

Mr. Mann had his own patriotic prime time choral program, “Johnny Mann’s Stand Up and Cheer!”  in the 1970s and he was music director of ABC’s late-night “Joey Bishop Show.”

The winner of two Grammy Awards, he recorded 40 albums as a choral leader.

He was living in Anderson, S.C. at the time of his death.

Besides his wife, Betty, he is survived by two daughters, Susie and Jennifer of Los Angeles, a grandson and Betty’s son and daughter from a previous marriage.

A memorial of life is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday at St. John’s Methodist Church in Anderson.

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