SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- After graduating from San Francisco State with a double major in economics and audio production, Manning figured that she’d “be working in a bank or something” until a musician in MC Hammer’s posse told her he was looking for a keyboardist. She ended up touring the world during the height of his Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em success.
“He was on the top of the top, and it was all private planes and first class everything,” she recalls. “There were a million people in the entourage. But he really took care of us. We wanted for nothing. A lot of us were under 21, and we were well-protected.”
Photo courtesy of Sundra Manning