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". A limited edition of Hotel was also released, featuring
Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". In 2005 Moby released "Lift Me Up", a single from his album Hotel, which featured, in addition to numerous remixes, UK company's Digimpro software. 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. He owns a small restaurant and coffee shop called TeaNY, where he occasionally waits tables. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. As of June 2004, Moby, a vegan non-denominational Christian and self-proclaimed simpleton (for his often sincere and idealistic political assessments), lives in New York City's Little Italy, where he's lived for a decade in a small apartment in a five-story building across the street from David Bowie. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. In 2002, Moby briefly had a television show on MTV, Seņor Moby's House of Music, which focused mostly on more obscure electronic music.
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. In 2001 Moby also earned the ire of Eminem after calling his music misogynist and homophobic; Eminem later satirized Moby in "Without Me," calling him a "fag" and questioning his relevance with the claim, "Nobody listens to techno!" The two were in a confrontation at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, though Moby expresses respect for Eminem's musical talents. A second tour was organized for the following year. It was a popular touring rock festival that featured an eclectic range of musical genres . In 2001, Moby founded the Area:One Festival.
In a 2005 posting on his web site, Moby theorized that his eagerness to license his music is a result of "growing up in poverty."  (http://www.moby.com/cms/viewdiary.asp?Diary_ID=2186&ViewType=Current). In addition to fame garnered through its licensing, Play is also notable for its extensive sampling of old blues recordings conducted by Alan Lomax. The album's tracks eventually were accepted in various radio formats, but because of Play's extensive licensing, the album could have been financially successful even without radio play. Mainstream reviewers raved about his talents on the album (released on the much smaller V2 Records) though some early fans were let down. The album has 18 tracks on it and was the first album in history to have all of its tracks commercially licensed: "Porcelain," for instance, appeared on a TV commercial for Bailey's Irish Cream and Nordstrom; "Find My Baby" was on a commercial for American Express featuring golfer Tiger Woods.
After a decade's worth of music, Moby's breakthrough album was 1999's Play. However, both Animal Rights and I Like to Score were commercially unsuccessful and Moby and Elektra parted company. Among those tracks was an updated version of the James Bond theme. In 1997, he released I Like to Score, a collection of music included in movies.
He followed that up with a hard rock/electronic album called Animal Rights in 1996. His first album for Elektra Records was Everything Is Wrong, which earned early critical praise and minor notoriety. He used to be in a punk band the Vatican Commandos, but abandoned punk in 1989 for electronic music. Moby plays keyboard, guitar, and bass guitar, and expresses mild irritation at the assumption that everything on his newer albums is a sample.
Several of his songs have also found their way into major motion pictures, most notably the ambient piece "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters," which was featured in the 1995 motion picture Heat. Most recently, his song "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?" was used in the climax of the documentary film Peaceable Kingdom. Indeed, in 1997 Moby released a compilation of tracks used in and inspired by the cinema called I Like to Score. Arguably most famous among his peers for the track "Go," a progressive track using the string line from "Laura Palmer's Theme" from the TV show Twin Peaks, Moby is also well known for the singles "Next is the E," "South Side" with Gwen Stefani, and "We Are All Made of Stars." Moby has released singles under the names Voodoo Child, Barracuda, UHF, The Brotherhood, DJ Cake, Lopez, and Brainstorm/Mindstorm. Moby's real name is Richard Melville Hall (born September 11, 1965 in Harlem, New York City) - he takes his performing name from his relative Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. Moby is an American electronic musician.
2005 "Lift Me Up" #18 UK. 2002 "In This World" #35 UK. 2002 "Extreme Ways" #39 UK. 2002 "We Are All Made of Stars" #11 UK.
2000 "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (re-issue) / Honey (remix)" #17 UK. 2000 "South Side" #14 US. 2000 "Porcelain" #5 UK. 2000 "Natural Blues" #11 UK.
1999 "Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad" #16 UK. 1999 "Bodyrock" #38 UK. 1999 "Run On" #33 UK. 1998 "Honey" #33 UK.
1997 "James Bond Theme (Moby's Re-Version)" #8 UK. 1995 "Into the Blue" #34 UK. 1995 "Everytime You Touch Me" #28 UK. 1994 "Feeling So Real" #30 UK.
1994 "Hymn" #31 UK. 1993 "Move" #21 UK. 1993 "I Feel It / Thousand" #38 UK. 1991 "Go" #10 UK.
Instinct Dance. The Story So Far. Ambient (1993). Early Underground.
Everything is Wrong (DJ mix). Animal Rights (1996). The End of Everything (as Voodoo Child). Rare: The Collected B-Sides 1989-1993.
I Like to Score (1997). Mobysongs. Play: Limited Edition 2 CD Box Set. Play (1999).
18 (2002). 18 B Sides + DVD (2003). Baby Monkey (as Voodoo Child, 2004). Hotel (2005).
is the spawn of Satan"  (http://www.moby-online.com/cms/viewdiary.asp?Diary_ID=85&ViewType=Next). "George W. they've opened their doors to UN inspectors, they're being bombed by british and american troops, american forces are massing at their borders, american diplomats are actively looking to assinate saddam hussein, etc."  (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=30345). "i'm actually kind of impressed by iraq's patience right now...i mean, look at it objectively.
"why can't a democrat get fired up about protecting the environment and enacting gun control legislation just as right wing republicans get fired up about making sure that children have access to assault weapons and banning 'the catcher in the rye' and 'harry potter'?"  (http://www.moby.com/cms/emaildiary.asp?Diary_ID=1137).