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Johnny Mathis

Popular singer, Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, TX, USA. He was the fourth of seven children born to Clem and Mildred Mathis. The family moved to San Francisco when he was young. It was there he displayed a love and aptitude for music. Mathis studied with a voice coach for six years. During college, Mathis sang in a jazz band and later won a recording contract and engagements at prestigious New York clubs after an audition in San Francisco in 1955.

Mathis' suave ballad singing helped him survive the dominance of rock in the popular music industry, and he remained a successful nightclub performer in the USA and Britain. With Dionne Warwick he recorded a favorite hit, "Friends in Love" (1982). The year 2006 marked Mathis' 50th anniversary as a recording artist.


John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Johnny Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide as confirmed by Guinness music chart historian Paul Gambacini, this makes Mathis the 3rd most successful recording artist of the 20th century and of the last 60 years. Although he is frequently described as a romantic singer, his discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian music, Spanish music, soul music, rhythm and blues, soft rock, Broadway theatre, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues and country songs, and even a few disco songs for his album Mathis Magic in 1979. Mathis also recorded five albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influences.


In 1964, Johnny created his own company, Rojon Productions. The reason behind this is because he wanted to be his own manager and promote new talent.
Johnny began singing in nightclubs to further his career, including a gay bar that featured female impersonators. It was at this nightclub in which Johnny was discovered by George Avakian, who was head album producer of Columbia Records.
Johnny was invited to try out for the 1956 Olympic Games, but turned the offer down because he wanted to pursue his music career.
Johnny was the first black child ever to be elected as student body president at Roosevelt Junior High School in San Francisco, California.
Johnny was such a music talent at a young age that he was offered free music lessons by music teacher Connie Cox. This was a much needed gesture for Johnny and his family because they could not afford them otherwise. The lessons continued for six years.
Johnny credits his hero and father Clem, a former Texas vaudeville performer, for being the reason he began singing.


50s, 60s Hits

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Holiday

Calypso Noel
Caroling Caroling
Give Me Your Love For Christmas
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Let It Snow
Oh Holy Night
Rudolph,The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Silver Bells
Sleigh Ride
The Christmas Waltz
The Little Drummer Boy
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
What Child Is This
Winter Wonderland

Rock

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer

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