Skip to comments.Johnny Mann, composer, voice of 'Chipmunk,' dies in Anderson
Posted on 06/20/2014 9:27:08 AM PDT by EveningStar
ANDERSON, S.C. 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. He was 85 years old...
Along with being musical director of the original "Alvin and The Chipmunks" TV series, he sang the voice of "Theodore"...
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Jerry Goffin passed away too.
Two songwriters in one day...
May he rest in peace.
That said, NOTHING irritates me more than Alvin and the Chipmunks “music”. It creeps me out.
Bet he had some hangovers in his day
Far more significant than the Chipmunks or even the great Johnny Mann Singers, was his (and the singers) role in producing some of the most memorable radio jingles of the Top 40 era. While most top 40 stations turned to PAMS in Dallas, programming consultant Bill Drake in LA hired the Johnny Mann Singers to produce jingles that were dramatic and unique and which ended up creating the signiture “Boss Radio” sound for the biggest stations in the nation, like “KHJ....Los Angeles”
RIP Johnny Mann. Your sound lives on.
and a couple for fans of “The Big 8” CKLW:
His song about Alvin and the hula hoop is my favorite song from childhood. To this day, when ever I hear it, I drop what ever I’m doing, and sing along with it.
KHJ, one of LA's oldest stations, played country western until the early spring of 1965, when they switched to Top 40. They quickly won me over from KRLA because they delivered on their promise of "more music." On KHJ, you would hear several songs in a row, while on KRLA and KFWB, you would have to sit through an ad and DJ chatter between each song. It wasn't long before KHJ owned the lion's share of the Top 40 audience in Southern California.
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