Carl Rocks

Carl Rocks

by Carl MannCarl Mann


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Pianist Carl Mann was a rockabilly prodigy, cutting his first sides at the age of 14 and entering the Sun studios a year and a half later, in 1958, to record a knockout single. That single, a rocked-up cover of Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa," hit the Top 40 and sold hundreds of thousands of copies, despite intense competition from Conway Twitty's sound-alike version. Although Mann never had a bigger hit, he was a fair rocker who wrote a few good originals, including "Rockin' Love" and "Walkin' and Thinkin'" (the latter actually came from his bandmate Eddie Bush). Unfortunately, he spent most of his time casting around for another hit among a raft of pop standards -- "Some Enchanted Evening," "South of the Border," "The Wayward Wind," and two more Nat King Cole originals, including Mann's only other hit, "Pretend." The 2008 compilation Carl Rocks from Bear Family unfurls 35 tracks of Carl Mann material, beginning with his early sides for the Jaxon label and including every one of his Sun-era songs. There's no doubt that it's as complete as they come for the early Carl Mann catalog, but this much material comes with a price -- his vocal mannerisms were pronounced and repetitive, especially on the covers, which often featured the same hiccuping vocal runs as "Mona Lisa."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127166845
catalogNumber: 1196451
Rank: 112489

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carl Mann   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Charlie Rich   Piano
Scotty Moore   Leader
Anita Kerr Singers   Choir, Chorus
Eddie Bush   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Noel Gilbert   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Kelso Herston   Guitar
Jimmy Martin   Bass,Drums
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Brad Suggs   Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
W.S. Holland   Drums
Al Jackson   Drums
Robert Oatsvall   Bass
Robert W. Stevenson   Bass
Nino Ravarino   Violin
Joan Gilbert   Violin
Martin Willis   Tenor Saxophone
Junior Vestal   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Hank Davis   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Notes
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Carl Mann   Composer,Illustrations
Scotty Moore   Producer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Jack Clement   Producer
Colin Escott   Illustrations
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Charles Underwood   Composer,Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Tex Grimsley   Composer
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Bo Berglind   Illustrations
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Dave Travis   Illustrations
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Cecil Scaife   Producer

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