Those were some of the remembrances Mann's friends shared at his memorial service Saturday morning. Friends and family filled the pews at
They remembered Mann as energetic, entertaining and talented. He was dynamic, they said, and he believed in God and the power of prayer.
"He loved his music, and he loved hearing his music," said his friend
Mann, who recorded 42 albums and won two Grammy Awards, died
Mann was born in
Mann became involved with
"The minute John stepped in front of a group of musicians at a concert at
Mann wrote a new
"The sounds of
Mann wrote one of his songs, "One Nation Under God," in about an hour and 45 minutes, his friend Douglas said. It happened at a time of national debate about removing references to God from the Pledge of Allegiance, and Mann wanted to show his love of his nation, Douglas said.
Douglas said he considered Mann a brother and minister.
"We both believed we were the luckiest men in the world," Douglas said.
When Price had the opportunity to contact Mann while planning a concert nearly a decade ago, he took it.
It was a good thing Price had a black-and-white TV in the 1960s, he said Saturday, because he couldn't see how bright some of Mann's patterned outfits were.
"I'm seeing John now as the new associate director of the heavenly choir," Price said. "Boy, is there some joyous music going on."
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