Johnny Mathis

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Born

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

Birth Name

John Royce Mathis

Gender

Male

Biography:

1.

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 DARK SIDE OF THE MOON*. JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS remains, however, the LP album with the longest CONSECUTIVE number of weeks on Billboard's Charts. (DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, which first charted in 1973, did not remain on the Billboard Top 200 LP Chart consecutively; this album dropped off the charts for a period of 6 months, and again for another period of 9 months.)

2.

JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS (LP) remained on the Billboard TOP 40 ALbum Charts for 178 weeks or nearly 3 and a half years beginning in 1958.

3.

The single WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for 39 weeks beginning on February 9, 1957 at No. 71. This record was broken by a single that charted for 40 weeks in 1978. Yet Mathis' record stood for 21 years.

4.

His single IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY remained on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart for 34 weeks beginning April 29, 1957 at No. 58.

5.

As of 2005, he has released over 96 LP/CD albums of original music and has had 73 charted LP/CD albums (double LPs/CDs counted as 1 release); the last charted album was 2002's "THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM", Mathis' sixth "original" Christmas release.

6.

Of his charted albums, 50 have charted in the Top 100 on several charts (Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Black, etc.)

7.

His LP and CD albums that have not been certified Gold and/or Platinum have typically sold no less than 250,000 copies.

8.

He was the first Pop singer to perform at The DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILLION of The Music Center of Los Angeles, the home of The Los Angeles Philharmonic since December 1964.

9.

He is the second largest ticket seller in the history of Los Angeles, California's GREEK AMPHITHEATRE which was opened in September of 1930 and has given over 75 concerts at this venue; In honor of this achievement, he was inducted into the amphitheatre's WALL OF FAME in July 1995.

10.

With worldwde Single/ LP & CD album sales exceeding 350 million as confirmed by Recordings and Guinees Book of Records writer and music Chart Historian Paul Gambacini,Johnny Mathis ranks third in total record sales (after Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) among solo male performers whose careers predate 1960.

11.

His 1957 recording of "CHANCES ARE" on Columbia Records was inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME in 1998; listed as a "Traditional Pop Single". (Music by Robert Allen / Lyrics by Al Stillman)

12.

His 1959 recording of "MISTY" on Columbia Records was inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME in 2002; listed as a "Traditional Pop Single". (Music by Erroll Garner / Lyrics by Johnny Burke)

13.

On 23 February 2003 he received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.

14.

As of 2005 his albums JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS & MERRY CHRISTMAS, both released in 1958, have been in print for 47 years.

15.

Although Jon Mat Records, Inc. (Mathis' company) produces and holds sound copyright to his recordings, his recordings have been distributed by Columbia Records longer than any recording artist in the record label's history.



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Mathis has often recorded TWO or more* versions of the same song exclusive of Live recorded versions. Here is a list of USA released songs that he has recorded more than once using entirely different arrangements (research compiled by & from editor's personal & complete USA-issued Mathis album discography, ASCAP & BMI databases):

1. BABALÚ, arranged by Teo Macero on the LP "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song" (Columbia CL 887 / CS 8897, released 1956 ? reissued on CD in 1996 on Columbia/Legacy CK 64890);

BABALÚ, arranged by Allyn Ferguson on the LP "Olé" (Mercury MG 20988 / SR 60988, released 1965)

Composer & Lyricist: Margarita Lecuona


2.

CHANCES ARE, arranged by Ray Conniff on the LP "Johnny's Greatest Hits" (Columbia CL 1133 / CS 8634, released 1958);

CHANCES ARE, as a duet with Liza Minnelli on Minnelli's CD "Gently" (Angel Records 35470, released 1996)

Composer: Robert Allen

Lyricist: Al Stillman

3.

(THE) END OF THE WORLD, arranged by Robert Mersey on the LP "Those Were The Days" (Columbia CS 9705, released 1968);

(THE) END OF THE WORLD, produced by Peter Bunetta & Rick Chudacoff on the LP/CD "In The Still Of The Night" (Columbia OC 44336 & CK 44336, released 1989)

Composer & Lyricist: Sylvia Dee, Arthur Kent

4.

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN, adapted by Johnny Mathis & arranged by Don Costa on the LP "The Sounds of Christmas" (Mercury MG 20837 / SR 60837, released 1963);

GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN, arranged by Jim Hughart on the CD "Listen! It's Christmas" (Hallmark 695PR1833, released 1999)

Composer(s) & Lyricist(s): unknown, Traditional English hymn, current US form established during the late 19th century during the latter part of Queen Victoria's reign.

5.

HAPPY HOLIDAY as part of medley with CAROLING, CAROLING, arranged by Jeremy Lubbock on the LP/CD "Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis" (Columbia FC 40447 / CK 40447, released 1986);

HAPPY HOLIDAY, as a duet with CeCe Winans, arranged by Terry Winch on the CD "Listen! It's Christmas" (Hallmark 695PR1833, released 1999)

Composer & Lyricist: Irving Berlin

6.

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, arranged by Don Costa on the LP "The Sounds of Christmas"(Mercury MG 20837 / SR 60837, released 1963);

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, arranged by Ernie Freeman on the LP "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" (Columbia CS 9923, released 1969)

Composer & Lyricist: Ralph Blane, Martin Hugh

7. I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU, arranged by Manny Albam & recorded in the 1956 session for "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song" ? was not released until 1996 when Columbia Records released the song on the Compact Disc reissue of "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song" (Columbia/Legacy CK 64890, released 1996);

I'M GLAD THERE IS YOU, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Warm" (Columbia CL 1078 / CS 8039, released 1957)

Composers: Jimmy Dorsey, Paul M. Mertz

Lyricist: Paul Madiera

8.

I WAS BORN IN LOVE WITH YOU (as part of medley with "Summer Me, Winter Me"), arranged by D'Arneill Pershing on the LP "Me and Mrs. Jones" (Columbia KC 32114, released 1973);

I WAS BORN IN LOVE WITH YOU, arranged by its composer Michel Legrand on the CD "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?" (Columbia CK 53204, released 1993)

Composer: Michel Legrand

Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

9.

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Wonderful, Wonderful" (Columbia CL 1028 / CS 9046, released 1957);

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU (as part of medley with "Moonlight Becomes You" & "But Beautiful"), arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)

Composer: Jimmy Van Heusen

Lyricist: Johnny Burke

10.

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING, arranged by Gil Evans on the LP "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song" (Columbia CL 887 / CS 8897, released 1956);

IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING, arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)

Composer: Richard Rodgers

Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II

11. *

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, arranged by Jeremy Lubbock on the LP "Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis" (Columbia FC 40447, released 1986); IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, produced by David Foster on the CD "The Christmas Album by David Foster" (Interscope Records 92295, released 1993);

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, arranged by Alan Broadbent on the CD "Listen! It's Christmas" (Hallmark 695PR1833, released 1999)

Composers & Lyricists: Edward Pola, George Wyle

12.

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, THE arranged by Don Costa on the LP "The Sounds of Christmas" (Mercury MG 20837 / SR 60837, released 1963);

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, THE arranged by Ernie Freeman on the LP "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" (Columbia CS 9923, released 1969)

Composers & Lyricists: Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone

13. LONG AGO (AND FAR AWAY), arranged by Glenn Osser on the LP "Love Is Everything" (Mercury MG 20991 / SR 60991, released 1965);

LONG AGO (AND FAR AWAY), arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)

Composer: Jerome Kern

Lyricist: Ira Gershwin

14.

LORD'S PRAYER, THE arranged by Ernie Freeman on the LP "Give Me Your Love For Christmas" (Columbia CS 9923, released 1969);

LORD'S PRAYER, THE as a 45 RPM single duet with Gladys Knight & The Pips (B-side of 'When a Child is Born', Columbia Single 11-11409, released 1976)

Composer: Albert Hay Malotte

15.

MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU, arranged by Glenn Osser on the LP "Heavenly" (Columbia CL 1351 / CS 8152, released 1959);

MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU (as part of medley with "It Could Happen to You" & "But Beautiful"), arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)

Composer: Jimmy Van Heusen

Lyricist: Johnny Burke

16.

PRELUDE TO A KISS, arranged by John Lewis on the LP "Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song" (Columbia CL 887 / CS 8897, released 1956);

PRELUDE TO A KISS, arranged by Brad Dechter on the CD "In A Sentimental Mood: Mathis Sings Ellington" (Columbia CK 46069, released 1990)

Composers & Lyricists: Edward Kennedy Ellington (aka Duke Ellington), Irving Mills, Irving Gordon

17.

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Merry Christmas" (Columbia CL 1195 / CS 8021, released 1958);

SILENT NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT, arranged by Bob Krogstad on the CD "Listen! It's Christmas" (Hallmark 695PR1833, released 1999)

Composer: Franz X. Gruber


Lyricist: Joseph F. Mohr


(Austrian song, lyrics originally in German, with title as STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT, common English lyrics by John Freeman Young)


18.


STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT, arranger uncredited on the LP "Johnny Mathis Sings" (Mercury MG 21107 / SR 61107, released 1967);





STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT, arranged by Herbert Rehbein on the LP "Johnny Mathis Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert" (Columbia KG 30350 / CG 30350, released 1970)





Composer: Bert Kaempfert


Lyricists: Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder


19.


SUMMER KNOWS, THE arranged by Al Capps on the LP "The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)" (Columbia KC 31342, released 1972);

SUMMER KNOWS, THE arranged by its composer Michel Legrand on the CD "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (Columbia CK 53204, released 1993)





Composer: Michel Legrand


Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

20.


SUMMER ME, WINTER ME (as part of medley with "I Won't Last a Day Without You"), arranged by D'Arneill Pershing on the LP "Me and Mrs. Jones" (Columbia KC 32114, released 1973);





SUMMER ME, WINTER ME, arranged by its composer Michel Legrand on the CD "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (Columbia CK 53204, released 1993)





Composer: Michel Legrand


Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

21.


TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE, arranged by Glenn Osser on the LP "Heavenly" (Columbia CL 1351 / CS 8152, released 1959);





TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE, arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)





Composer: Vernon Duke


Lyricists: Ted Fetter, John LaTouche

22.


THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Wonderful, Wonderful" (Columbia CL 1028 / CS 9046, released 1957);





THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC, arranged by Gene Page on the LP "Mathis Magic" (Columbia JC 36216, released 1979)

Composer: Harold Arlen


Lyricist: Johnny Mercer

23.


WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?, arranged by Perry Botkin, Jr. on the LP "Love Story" (Columbia C 30499, released 1971);





WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?, arranged by its composer Michel Legrand on the CD "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (Columbia CK 53204, released 1993)





Composer: Michel Legrand


Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

24.


WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, arranged by Gene Page on the LP "I Only Have Eyes For You" (Columbia PC 34117, released 1976);

WHEN A CHILD IS BORN, as a 45 RPM single duet with Gladys Knight & The Pips, arranged by Gene Page (Columbia Single 11-11409, released 1976)





Composers & Lyricists: Fred Jacobson, Zacar

25.


WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, arranged by Allyn Ferguson on the LP "The Wonderful World of Make Believe" (Mercury MG 20913 / SR 60913, released 1964);





WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR, arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)





Composer: Leigh Harline


Lyricist: Ned Washington

26.


WHITE CHRISTMAS, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Merry Christmas" (Columbia CL 1195 / CS 8021, released 1958);

WHITE CHRISTMAS, arranged by Bob Krogstad on the CD "Listen! It's Christmas" (Hallmark 695PR1833, released 1999)

Composer & Lyricist: Irving Berlin

27. *


WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND, THE arranged by Ernie Freeman on the LP "Love Theme From 'Romeo and Juliet' (A Time For Us)" (Columbia CS 9909, released 1969);

WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND, THE arranged by its composer Michel Legrand on the CD "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" (Columbia CK 53024, released 1993);

WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND, THE (Moulins de Mon Coeur, Les) as a duet with Toots Thielemans on Thielemans' CD "Chez Toots" (Private Music 01005-82160-2, released 1998)

Composer: Michel Legrand


Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman


(Original French title LES MOULINS DE MON COEUR)

28.


YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, arranged by Percy Faith on the LP "Wonderful, Wonderful" (Columbia CL 1028 / CS 9046, released 1957);

YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, arranged by Henry Mancini on the LP/CD "The Hollywood Musicals" (Columbia FC 40372 / CK 40372, released 1986)

Composer: Nacio Herb Brown


Lyricist: Gus Kahn

Different LIVE RECORDED arrangements:




1.

MISTY as part of medley with "DREAMY", arranged by D'Arneill Pershing on the double LP "In Person?Recorded Live in Las Vegas" (Columbia CG 30979, released 1972); MISTY, arranged by Glenn Osser on the LP/CD "Live" (Columbia FC 38699 / CK 38699, released 1984)

Composer: Erroll Garner


Lyricist: Johnny Burke

2.


TWELFTH OF NEVER, THE as part of 'Hits' medley, arranged by D'Arneill Pershing on the double LP "In Person?Recorded Live in Las Vegas" (Columbia CG 30979, released 1972);

THE TWELFTH OF NEVER, arranged by Gil Reigers & Michel Colombier on the LP/CD "Live" (Columbia FC 38699 / CK 38699, released 1984)

Composer: Jerry Livingston


Lyricist: Paul Francis Webster

DUPLICATE ALBUM TITLES that contain different songs:

1. LOVE SONGS, a complilation LP and CD album released in 1988 with 10 songs, including duets with Deniece Williams & Dionne Warwick (Columbia LP OC 44494, CD CK 44494).

2. LOVE SONGS, a compilation CD album released in 2003 on CD with 16 songs, most of which have not been previously released on CD, and two that were previously unreleased (Columbia/Legacy CK 87065).

Thus far Columbia Records has released two LIVE albums of Johnny Mathis in concert in the USA: "In Person?Recorded Live At Las Vegas" (Columbia CG 30979, 1972) and "Live" (Columbia FC 38699 / CK 38699, 1984). The following songs have been a part of Mathis' CONCERT repertoire, but there has never been a STUDIO recorded version of these songs released on LP or CD. In short, the only recorded versions released have been LIVE versions:

1.


AND HER MOTHER CAME TOO, arranged by D'Arneill Pershing on the LP "In Person?Recorded Live At Las Vegas"





Composers & Lyricists: Ivor Novello, Peter Dion Titheradge

2.


COME RUNNIN', arranged by Allyn Ferguson on the LP "In Person?Recorded Live At Las Vegas"





Composer & Lyricist: Roc Hillman

3.


FLY AWAY, arranged by Larry Steelman on the LP/CD "Live"





Composers & Lyricists: Peter Allen, David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager

4.


I BELIEVE IN LOVE, arranged by Jim Barnett on the LP/CD "Live"

Composer: Kenny Loggins


Lyricists: Alan & Marilyn Bergman

5.


I GOT LOVE, arranged by Jack Elliot on the LP "In Person?Recorded Live At Las Vegas"

Composer: Gary Geld


Lyricist: Peter David Udell

6.


**ORANGE COLORED SKY, arranged by Allyn Ferguson on the LP/CD "Live"





Composers & Lyricists: Milton DeLugg, Willie Stein

**Another live recorded version of this song also appears on a UK issued live LP/CD of Mathis in concert in London, entitled Johnny Mathis with Special Guest Natalie Cole, "Unforgettable: A Musical Tribute to Nat King Cole" (CBS/Sony (UK) 469437 2, released 1983)

7.


TRY TO WIN A FRIEND, arranged by Gil Reigers on the LP/CD "Live"





Composer & Lyricist: Larry Gatlin

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Mathis on MERCURY RECORDS:





From 1963 to 1966 Johnny Mathis briefly left Columbia Records for the Mercury Record Label where he was given greater creative control, and subsequently created "Global Records" to produce his recordings with Mercury as the distributing label. (When he returned to Columbia Records he continued this pattern with the creation of "Jon Mat Records" as the producing company, with Columbia/Sony distributing.)

Many music critics and Mathis aficionados consider his Mercury years as one of his most artistically fertile and musically diverse periods. Some have also noted that the less powerful marketing machinery at Mercury Records could not generate sales reflective of his particular brilliance during his brief departure from Columbia. Mathis' Mercury years, however, were not completely commercially dismal. Of the 10 LP albums he released on the Mercury label, 9 charted on the POP ALBUM charts as follows:

THE SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS ? Reached No. 2 in 1963


TENDER IS THE NIGHT ? Reached No. 13 in 1964


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MAKE BELIEVE ? Reached No. 75 in 1964


THIS IS LOVE ? Reached No. 40 in 1964


LOVE IS EVERYTHING ? Reached No. 52 in 1965


THE SWEETHEART TREE ? Reached No. 71 in 1965


THE SHADOW OF YOUR SMILE ? Reached No. 9 in 1966

SO NICE ? Reached No. 50 in 1967


JOHNNY MATHIS SINGS ? Reached No. 103 in 1967





THE GLOBAL MASTERS (Columbia C2K 64894, 1997) is a CD compilation reissue of many of Mathis' recordings produced by Global Records and released on the Mercury Label - this 2 CD compilation of primarily previously released material charted at No. 150 on The Billboard 200 in 1997.
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