Johnny Mann, the Hollywood composer who worked with the likes of Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, died late Wednesday night in Anderson, according to sources close to the family.
They say Mann died at his home in Anderson, SC. He was 85 years old, according to wyff4.com.
A statement issues by the family said Mann had been active until the end, having just attended a two-hour rehearsal Tuesday night.
Mann is best known for the 42 albums he arranged and conducted for his Johnny Mann Singers resulting in five Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy Awards. He also produced radio jingles and was the voice of Theodore and Alvin of The Chipmunks.
Mann and his wife Betty retired to Anderson, S.C., in 2005, where he continued to produce radio station jingles, guest conduct around the country and participate in local choirs, the family statement said. He was presented an honorary doctorate by Anderson University in 2010, and wrote the university’s new alma mater, “The Sounds of Anderson.”
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