Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Johnny Mann | Singer, conductor, 85

Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann, 85, whose singing group was a staple of recordings and TV shows in the 1950s and '60s, died June 18 at his home in Anderson, S.C.

Mr. Mann had been treated for heart problems in recent years, said his daughter, Susie Mann.

The Johnny Mann Singers were awarded a Grammy in 1968 for their cover version of the hit song "Up, Up and Away" and in 1962 for the album Great Band With Great Voices, which featured standards including a curiously upbeat "Ol' Man River."

But that's the way Mr. Mann liked his music during his career - lively, carefree, and, in many cases, patriotic.

Mr. Mann was the vocal director on episodes of The Danny Kaye Show, which ran on CBS in the mid-1960s, and music director of The Joey Bishop Show in the late 1960s. He got his own series, the syndicated Stand Up and Cheer featuring the Johnny Mann Singers, which ran from 1971 to 1974. - Los Angeles Times

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