Jimmy Mann spent a lifetime playing music in Medicine Hat starting out as a 12 year old guitar player in the Mann Brothers Band, which played dance dates all over Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan in the early 60s. At this time he was billed as Little Rockin’ Jimmy and his skills on the guitar were well above the other players in town. During the next 50 years he played with many of the local bands and was a regular working in the local bars and clubs.(see The J.A. Pann Co below) For many years he spent Saturday afternoons jamming with the all the local guys at the Royal Hotel .
Jimmy got his start at a very young age with older brothers Melvin (drums) and Elgin (guitar and vocals) as the Mann Brothers. (see Elgin Mann). By the time he was a teenager he knew what the music business was all about.
The J.A.Pann Co was a late 60s and early 70s band that evolved out of the Outlaws (see The Outlaws ) and played cabarets in Calgary and Saskatchewan.Standing L to R Murray Irving (drums), Don Patterson (guitar), Gary Ulrich (vocals), seated Gerry Maier (guitar) and Jimmy Mann (guitar).
Something that many people may not know is that Jim was also a very gifted artist and created hundreds of portraits of celebrities as well as being fascinated with fighter planes and helicopters. See below for two examples of his airplane creations. The puzzling thing is that , after his death in 2016, these 2 paintings were all I could track down in the entire city which begs the question…What happened to his body of work?? Very weird that not a single painting survived??. Below is a an article from the Medicine Hat News in 1997. (The article may be a bit fuzzy but you should still be able to read it).What happened to all those portraits?? If anyone has any of his work I would love to take a photo of it and include it in this page.