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Grammy winner Johnny Mann dies at 85

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The Grammy Award winning recording artist and composer Johnny Mann has died at his home in Anderson.

According to Mann's website, the 85-year-old died peacefully on Wednesday.

Mann was born Aug. 30, 1928, in Baltimore, MD, and eventually made his way to Hollywood, where he began arranging scores for Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox and Columbia Studios films, according to his website.

He then became the choral director of the NBC Comedy Hour, which led to the formation of The Johnny Mann Singers.

Mann also provided the voice of Theodore on The Alvin Show, the 1960s incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks, and worked as the musical director on the cartoon show.

According to his website, Mann performed with George Gobel, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Julie London and others. Mann was also invited twice to perform for President Richard Nixon at the White House.

Mann is survived by his wife Betty Mann.

The McDougald Funeral Home in Anderson is handling funeral arrangements but said service times have not yet been finalized.

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