American rockabilly singer and piano player Carl Mann was born August 22, 1942 in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Sixteen-year-old Mann’s first hit record was a rockabilly cover version of Nat King Cole’s ‘Mona Lisa’ in 1959, recorded for Sam Phillip’s Sun Records company in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Carl Mann who was raised in rural Tennessee began his singing career in churches and played guitar and piano on country songs for local talent shows. In 1957 Jaxon Records released his first 45. Later, he signed a three-year-contract with Sun Records. ‘Mona Lisa’, his best-selling record, peaked at no. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.