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The Fabulous ’50s: Get to know Carl Mann, that ‘Mona Lisa’ boy

Carl Mann wasn’t the first singer from Jackson, Tenn., to head on down to Sun Records in search of fame and fortune. Carl Perkins, Ramsey Kearney and Kenny Parchman had all made the same trip with different degrees of success. Kearney managed to leave his name on some unissued tape boxes, but not on any Sun releases. Parchman came closer, only to see what would have been Sun 252 withdrawn at the last moment in 1956. Carl Perkins, on the other hand, became a national star.