Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American popular singer, and one of the few remaining male vocalists associated with Traditional Pop music.

Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are".

Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide.

Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen".


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Frank Sinatra used to privately refer to him as "The African Queen". According to the Elephant 6 website, however, there are plans to eventually release a Neutral Milk Hotel rarities album on the Orange Twin label. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. Although all the members are still active with one another in other projects, it is unknown whether any more Neutral Milk Hotel albums will be released. His hit songs include "Wonderful Wonderful", "A Certain Smile", "Chances Are", "The Twelfth of Never", "Misty", "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", and "I'm Coming Home", and the original recording of the Thom Bell-Linda Creed composition "Life Is a Song Worth Singing", later made popular by Soul/R&B vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. Although it met with scant response from the general public when it was released, the recording has continued to gain momentum in indie music circles and has become a cult classic, selling well over 100,000 copies according to Merge Records. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. (Mangum is reported to have, during a live performance, described some of the songs off this album as based on urgent, recurring dreams he had of a Jewish family during World War II.) The album was highly praised by critics for its wildly inventive instrumentation and Mangum's provocative lyrics.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". It is a spiritually motivated work conceptually based on the beauty to be found in the horrific fate of Anne Frank and similarly overwhelming tragedies. He sang one of his first hits, "It's Not For Me To Say", in the film, Lizzie, in which he also had a small acting role. The band's second LP, In the Aeroplane over the Sea is notable as a critically acclaimed work and a fairly popular recording. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. Neutral Milk Hotel is a part of the Elephant 6 collective. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. Neutral Milk Hotel is an American popular music band, centering around its chief lyricist and songwriter, Jeff Mangum, who, on the band's two full-length albums, plays with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane and producer-instrumentalist Robert Schneider.

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