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". John and Linda Ronstadt, to name a few. Mathis has recorded over 100 albums of original music and has sold more than 180 million albums worldwide. Stoltz had been the guitarist for The Neville Brothers during the '80s and during the '90s had done session work with record with Bob Dylan, Edie Brickell, Dr. 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. Russell has recorded with Allan Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, and Harry Connick, Jr. In 1994, the departure of Leo Nocentelli led to them inviting old friend Brian Stoltz into the fold as guitarist. Although frequently described as a "Romantic" singer, his vast discography contains Jazz, Traditional Pop, Brazilian & Spanish music, Soul, Soft Rock, and Broadway Show Tunes. on drums.

Around the same time, he had his first number one hit with "Chances Are". The Meters reformed with the new official name "The Funky Meters" after an informal jam during the 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival replacing Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste with David Russell Batiste, Jr. 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 broke up in 1977 after Toussaint claimed the rights to the name and they played as various incarnations of the Neville Brothers and with other bands. While training to become a teacher, he was talent-spotted at a concert and signed by Columbia Records. This was followed by a collaboration with George & Amos Landry and the Neville Brothers, The Wild Tchoupitoulas. Mathis grew up in San Francisco, and began singing at school. They released a critically-acclaimed album, Fire on the Bayou, in 1975.

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. John, Paul McCartney, King Biscuit Boy, Labelle and Robert Palmer. After a label shift in 1972, the Meters had difficulty returning to the charts, though they played on many important records by Dr. "Look-Ka Py Py" and "Chicken Strut" were also hits the following year. In 1969, the Meters released "Sophisticated Cissy" and "Cissy Strut", both major R&B chart hits.

The Meters formed in the late '60s, and became the house band for Sansu Enterprises, an Allen Toussaint-owned label. Art Neville, the group's frontman, launched a solo career around the New Orleans area in the early 1960s. While the band never enjoyed huge popular success, it was nonetheless greatly admired by conoscenti and is considered one of progenitors of funk in the 1970s. It was based in New Orleans.

The Meters was a band that performed and recorded from the late 1960s until 1977.

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