George "Doc" Manning
Born and raised in Baltimore, George "Doc" Manning received an educational background in jazz and big band from his mother. Doc’s knowledge of blues initially came from his father who sang blues while shaving. Doc spent time with his father listening to the live music at Carr’s Beach, the segregated area of the Annapolis beach communities. His memories of those late 1950s and ’60s summer concerts featuring R&B greats Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and Dinah Washington were a huge influence to the youngster who would eventually go on to study political science at Coppin State University.
During his time in combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade United States Army, music continued to influence his life. Doc recalls listening to blues and rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Muddy Waters, and The Beatles during the tour.
Now, he brings a lifetime of love of music to the airwaves every Sunday night on In The Tradition on WEAA.