Grammy-winning singer Johnny Mann has died. He was 85.

The musician passed away from heart failure at home in South Carolina on 18 June (14).

As the leader of easy-listening band The Johnny Mann Singers, he recorded dozens of albums and enjoyed hits with Up, Up and Away.

The act won two Grammy Awards, in 1961 and 1968.

Mann went on to host syndicated Tv variety show Stand up and Cheer during the 1970s. He also acted as musical director on The Joey Bishop Show and The Alvin Show, for which he voiced chipmunk character Theodore.