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".
. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. Though he is considered an average pop singer, many of his songs have a decided rock beat to them, including "Knee Deep in the Blues", "Heartaches By the Number", "Rock-a-Billy", "The Same Old Me" and his biggest hit, "Singing the Blues", which was #1 for 10 weeks in 1956. 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. His first hit was 1951's "My Heart Cries for You". Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. In 1957 he had his own television show.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". He did movies with Teresa Brewer and Rosemary Clooney. 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. In the 1950s and 1960s he acted in movies as well as singing. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. Mitch Miller, who was in charge of talent at Columbia Records, noted Al in 1950, and he joined Columbia and got his new stage name at Miller's urging: Miller is supposed to have said, "my name is Mitchell and you seem a nice guy, so we'll call you Guy Mitchell.". Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. He eventually went to New York City, and made several records for King Records under the name Al Grant. He won on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts radio show during this time.

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 1947 he made some recordings for Decca with Cavallaro's band, but had to leave due to a case of food poisoning. He served in the United States Navy for two years, and after leaving the service became a singer with Carmen Cavallaro's big band. After leaving school, he worked as a saddlemaker, but supplemented his income by singing whenever he could. At this point in his life, Dude Martin, who had a country music broadcast in San Francisco, noticed him and hired him to perform with his band. At the age of 11, he was signed by Warner Brothers Pictures, to be groomed as a child star, and he also performed on the radio on Station KFWB in Los Angeles, California.

He was born Al Cernik, son of immigrants from Yugoslavia, in Detroit, Michigan. Guy Mitchell (February 22, 1927-July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer. "Unless". "The Roving Kind".

"Sparrow In The Treetop". "Singing the Blues". "She Wears Red Feathers". "Same Old Me".

"Rock-a-billy". "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania". "Ninety Nine Years (Dead or Alive)". "My Truly Truly Fair".

"My Heart Cries for You". "Knee Deep In The Blues". "Heartaches By The Number". "Feet Up (Pat Him On The Po-po)".

"Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle".

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