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". Bob Kerr then formed his own group, Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band, which continues to perform today. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. The group enjoyed success for two years until the novelty wore off. 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. The lead singer of the touring version of the group was Alan Klein who was billed as 'Tristram--Seventh Earl Of Cricklewood'. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. Only Bob Kerr from that group was interested, so he left The Bonzos to help Geoff Stephens form a touring version of The New Vaudeville Band.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". He contacted a real group called The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band which played similar music at the time. 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. With Geoff receiving several requests for The New Vaudeville Band to tour, he had to put together a group as the song was recorded by studio musicians hired only for the recording session. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. To his surprise, the song became a huge international hit and became a #1 song in the USA. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. The New Vaudeville Band was a group created by songwriter Geoff Stephens in 1966 to record his composition "Winchester Cathedral" which was a song inspired by the dance bands of the 1920s.

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.

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