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". Overkill, Bomber, Orgasmatron). Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. It has remained a symbol of Motörhead throught the years, with Petagno creating many variations of the Snaggletooth for the covers of many following albums (e.g. 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. It was created by artist Joe Petagno in 1977 for the cover of the band's first released album. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. Snaggletooth is the name of the fanged face that acts as a symbol for Motörhead.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". (In order of UK release date). 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. 1995-present (Overnight Sensation, Snake Bite Love, Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, We Are Motörhead, Hammered, Live At Brixton Academy The Complete Concert, Inferno and the compilations 2000-2001). While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. 1992-1995 (March or Die, Bastards, Sacrifice). Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. 1987-1992 (Rock 'n' Roll, No Sleep At All, 1916, March or Die).

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. 1984-1987 (No Remorse, Orgasmatron). 1983 (Another Perfect Day). 1976-1982 (Motörhead, Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades, No Sleep 'til Hammersmith, Iron Fist). 1975 (On Parole) - initial line-up.

(Note: The drummer on March or Die is Tommy Aldridge). Lemmy is the only memeber of Motörhead who was in all of the line-ups, although Phil Taylor has played with all of the guitarists (Larry Wallis, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, Brian Robertson, Phil Campbell and Wurzel). However, the band's name is not pronounced as the German usage; instead, Lemmy pronounces it (IPA) / 'məʊtəhɛd/. The umlaut over the ö in their name is a record-cover art conceit, possibly derived from the similar "heavy metal umlaut" in the name of the Blue Öyster Cult.

Many artistes of the modern era cite Motörhead as an important influence. The group then returned to the concept of dual guitars and hired Wurzel and Phil Campbell to fill these roles. Mainstream success has dwindled since then but the band still have a large and loyal fanbase and continue to record and tour extensively. Robertson only lasted for one album (1983's Another Perfect Day) having caused friction in the band due to his refusal to play their most popular tunes. Clarke felt that this compromised the band's principles and resigned to be replaced by Brian Robertson, formerly with Thin Lizzy.

Williams of the Plasmatics. In 1982, Motörhead recorded a cover of Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man with Wendy O. The albums Ace of Spades and the live No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith from this era are also considered to be among their best work and were their most commercially successful. "Ace of Spades" is considered by many to be the definitive Motörhead anthem.

In the early 1980s they experienced UK Top 40 chart hits with singles such as "Ace of Spades", the St.Valentine's Day Massacre E.P. (their collaboration with 'apprentices' Girlschool) and Iron Fist. Follow-up albums Overkill and Bomber cemented their reputation as one of Britain's foremost heavy metal groups. By this time the standard of their performances had improved considerably, and the uncompromising nature of their music was beginning to garner a following from the worlds of both metal and punk. The band's first official album release was the self-titled Motörhead, released in 1977.

The team of Lemmy, Clarke and Taylor is today regarded as the "classic" Motörhead line-up, although initial reactions were unfavourable: they memorably won a poll for "Worst Band in the World" in one music magazine. Deciding that two guitarists were required, the band recruited "Fast" Eddie Clarke, but Wallis left during the auditions and so the idea was shelved. The sessions did not see the light of day until they were opportunistically released in 1979 once the band was becoming popular. They recorded sessions at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, during which Fox left to be replaced by Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor.

The first line-up of the band featured Larry Wallis (ex-Pink Fairies) on guitar and Lucas Fox on drums. Lemmy's stated aim was for the outfit to be "the dirtiest rock 'n' roll band in the world". Realising that this would preclude them from commercial acceptance, he eventually settled on "Motörhead", after a song he had written for Hawkwind. After being sacked from Hawkwind in 1975, supposedly for "doing the wrong drugs", Lemmy decided to form a new band, originally to be called "Bastard".

An "us against the world" mentality is evident in many of their songs. Their lyrics generally cover topics such as war, abuse of power, substance abuse and "life on the road" - the latter for which they wrote the song "We Are The Road Crew". AC/DC referred to Motörhead as,"the only band louder than us". Their sound tends to be "half metal, half punk, and half rock 'n roll" — purposefully adding up to three halves of a band.

While the band are typically classified as heavy metal or speed metal, Lemmy has refused such labels, preferring to describe Motörhead's style as "rock and roll". The title of one of their live albums, Everything Louder Than Everyone Else, reflects this assertion. Founded by ex-Hawkwind bassist Lemmy Kilmister in 1975, they specialise in songs that are extremely loud to the unaccustomed listener. Their name derives from a slang term for an amphetamine user.

Motörhead are a canonical speed metal band. See IPA in Unicode if you have display problems. Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. 2004 Everything Louder Than Everything Else.

2003 The Special Edition EP. 2002 The Best of Motörhead. 2002 Motörhead EP. 2001 25 & Alive Boneshaker - Steamhammer - SPV.

1991 Everything louder Than Everything Else. 1988 EP. 1986 Deaf Not Blind. 1985 Birthday Party.

1984 Another Perfect Day EP. 1982 Live In Toronto - Castle Hendering. Inferno (June 22, 2004). Live At Brixton Academy The Complete Concert (2003; live).

Hammered (2002). All The Aces (2001; compilation). Over The Top - The Rarities (2000; compilation). The Chase Is Better Than The Catch (2000; compilation).

The Best Of (2000; compilation). We Are Motorhead (2000). Everything Louder Than Everyone Else (1999; live). Snake Bite Love (1998).

Overnight Sensation (1996). Sacrifice (1994). Bastards (1993). March or Die (1992).

1916 (1991). No Sleep at All (1988; live). Rock 'n' Roll (1987). Orgasmatron (1986).

No Remorse (1984; compilation). Another Perfect Day (1983). Iron Fist (1982). No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (1981; live; reached No.1 in UK album charts).

Ace of Spades (1980; reached No.4 in UK album charts). On Parole (1979; unofficial release from sessions recorded in 1975). Bomber (1979). Overkill (1979).

Motörhead (1977). Mikkey Dee - drums. Phil Campbell - guitar. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals.

Mikkey Dee - drums. Wurzel - guitar. Phil Campbell - guitar. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals.

Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums. Wurzel - guitar. Phil Campbell - guitar. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals.

Pete Gill - drums. Wurzel (born Michael Burston) - guitar. Phil Campbell - guitar. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals.

Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums. Brian Robertson - guitar. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals. Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor - drums.

"Fast" Eddie Clarke - guitar, vocals. Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals. Lucas Fox - drums. Larry Wallis - guitar.

Lemmy Kilmister - bass, vocals.

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