Sunday, November 18, 2012

Charlie Manna album covers

Charlie Manna (1920-1971) was a very funny Italian American comedian who was popular throughout the sixties but is sadly forgotten today...

                   Charlie Manna performs his act on the Johnny Cash show

His legacy is several great album covers: The first "Manna Overboard" from 1961, featured these fun, quirky background cartoons by an artist unknown to me:

The second "The Rise & Fall of a Great Society" from 1966, is by the one and only Jack Davis...

"Manna-Live!"... well two out of three ain't bad.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for that. Charlie Manna looked just like my Dad, but sang a good deal better. I barely remember him, and usually confuse him with Pat Cooper. My folks saw them both perform standup back in the day. One of them (probably Manna) told the following joke:

    Two Italians sitting on a dock overlooking the sea.
    The first Italian says: "Is that a U-boat?"
    The second one answers: "No. 'Atsa not-a MY boat!"

    That joke is funny after a couple bottles of Chianti, but then anything would be.