The King of Swamp Pop – Charles Mann and his version of “Walk of Life”

The King of Swamp Pop – Charles Mann and his version of “Walk of Life”

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Charles Mann

Charles Mann is an American singer and performer of the musical genre swamp pop. He is born on November 22, 1944, in Welsh, Louisiana, United States.

As a youngster, Mann just loved to sing. He was a member of various bands in his teens and his talent was eventually recognized by Lee Lanor of Lanor records.

He has recorded such swamp pop favorites as “Red Red Wine” (1969), “Keep Your Arms Around Me,” “She’s Walking Towards Me” (1980), in particular “Keep Your Arms Around Me” was a huge regional hit, which was judged in those days, not only by record sales and radio play but by how many jukeboxes the record was spinning on.

He also achieved success in the UK with his Cajun-oriented swamp pop version of the Dire Straits’ hit “Walk of Life”, a song from their Brothers in Arms album from 1985.

Today Charles is 74-years-old and during his long music career since 1965, he has recorded six albums and more than 14 singles. In 1990 Charles became a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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