Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis


9/30/1935, Gilmer, Texas, USA (moved to San Francisco, CA, USA at age 5)

Birth Name

John Royce Mathis


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His LP Album JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS (Columbia CL 1133 /CS 8634) remained on the Billboard TOP 200 LP Chart for 490 weeks or nearly 9 and a half years. This record for longest stay on the Album charts was "technically" broken by Rock group Pink Floyd's LP…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1964, Johnny created his own company, Rojon Productions. The reason behind this is because he wanted to be his own manager and promote new talent.

    • Johnny began singing in nightclubs to further his career, including a gay bar that featured female impersonators. It was at this nightclub in which Johnny was discovered by George Avakian, who was head album producer of Columbia Records.

    • Johnny was invited to try out for the 1956 Olympic Games, but turned the offer down because he wanted to pursue his music career.

    • Johnny was the first black child ever to be elected as student body president at Roosevelt Junior High School in San Francisco, California.

    • Johnny was such a music talent at a young age that he was offered free music lessons by music teacher Connie Cox. This was a much needed gesture for Johnny and his family because they could not afford them otherwise. The lessons continued for six years.

    • Johnny credits his hero and father Clem, a former Texas vaudeville performer, for being the reason he began singing.

  • Quotes

  • Johnny Mathis is the epidomy of what great music sounds like. His voice is great and his styling reach listeners of all ages. Whether you are listening on the old vinyl with a turntable or yo have upgraded to CDs, Johnny Mathis does not disapoint.moreless

    Joohny Mathis remains the greatest singer of all time. His voice and style have influenced crooners such as Luther Vandross and Brian McKnight. He may not get the recognition as Vandross or McKnight has earned in the R&B world but he remain a consumate entertainer that always delivers. I have grown up listening to his music and have went from listening to him on an LP on my turntable to listening to him on CD. My how times have changed. Johnny is great in concert and everyone should at experience him in concert at least once in their lifetime so they can see what a concert SHOULD be like. Not the head banging, loud music, everyone standing up and blocking your view like what the have gotten used to today. A Johnny Mathis concert is the epitomy of what great music, a great musician and wonderful arrangements should be. His style is smooth and his looks are great. Johnny does not age. And his music does not fade or disappoint. His Christmas albums are a MUST for all households, the music speaks to listeners of all ages. Johnny Mathis is a staple that should be a part of everyone's music collection. Whether it is the old wax vinyls or new CDs, it won't disappoint.moreless