Shrunken Planet host Jeffrey Davison checks in with the following super-sleuth report:
Guitarist Steve Mann, for many years thought to be dead, is not only alive and well, but has returned from obscurity to play once again on the concert stage. Years ago, as a result of some liner notes to a Stefan Grossman LP, word got around that Mann had died. The rumor grew and it was suspected that an overdose had done him in. (It was drugs, perhaps, that landed him in a mental institution in the 1960s.) Mann was a student of guitar great Dick Rosmini, and also did a brief stint with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention back in 1966.
A dazzling player, Mann recorded two albums in 1967 that were privately pressed. A third LP on Blue Goose appeared in '78. There is more complete information and a discography on an amazing website by Stefan Wirz. For fans of American roots music, follow this link, which contains biographical and discographical information on many great musicians.
Steve Mann now makes his home in the Berkeley area, and maintains this website. You can hear one of his signature tunes, "Holly", in streaming Real Audio with this link. (From the April 15th edition of The Shrunken Planet.)