Johnny Mathis

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Johnny Mathis

American singer of popular music add

Category: Music

Born in 1935.

Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (8%), (6%)

Main connections: Nat King Cole, San Francisco State University, Russ Conway

Linked to: American Broadcasting Company, Muscular Dystrophy Association, San Francisco State University, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

 

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Johnny Mathis was born in 1935 add something


1946

Mathis purchased a mansion in Hollywood Hills, which was originally built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, where he still maintains a residence add something


1949

John Noga and Guido Caccienti had opened the Black Hawk in the fall of 1949 add something


1950

Geoff Love - Love worked as accompaniment director and arranger on many hit singles by 1950s and 1960s British recording artists including Peter and Gordon , Ken Dodd, Russ Conway, Des O'Connor and Frankie Vaughan, plus American artists such as Johnny Mathis and Connie Francis


1954

In 1954, he enrolled at San Francisco State University on an athletic scholarship, intending to become an English teacher and a physical education teacher add something


1955

In September 1955, after Noga had found Mathis a job singing weekends at Ann Dee's 440 Club, she contacted the jazz producer George Avakian, who she had found out was on vacation near San Francisco add something

 

Jimmy Little - In 1955 Little left home to live in Sydney and pursue a career in country music, he was influenced by Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and Jim Reeves


1956

At San Francisco State, Mathis had become noteworthy as a high jumper, and in 1956 he was asked to try out for the U.S. Olympic Team that would travel to Melbourne, Australia, that November add something

 

His LP record album was published in late 1956 instead of waiting until the first quarter of 1957 add something


1957

His appearance on the popular TV program "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957 helped increase his popularity add something

 

It was his first number one hit since his 1957 chart-topping "Chances Are." add something


1958

During the summer of 1958, Mathis left San Francisco with the Nogas, who sold their interest in the Black Hawk club that year, and moved to Beverly Hills, California, where the Nogas bought a house add something


1960

Mitch Miller - He defined the Columbia style through the early 1960s, signing and producing many important pop standards artists for Columbia, including Johnnie Ray, Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Jimmy Boyd, Johnny Mathis, Tony_Bennett, Guy Mitchell , and in a fortuitous business move for all, enticed both Patti Page and Frankie Laine to join him at Columbia after their early successes at Mercury

 

Adam Wade (singer) - Wade was popular in the early 1960s with vocal styling similar to that of Johnny Mathis


1964

In October 1964, Mathis sued Noga to void their management arrangement, which Noga fought with a counterclaim in December 1964 add something


1966

Bob Cato - In 1966, he directed the CBS-TV miniseries "Playback", featuring Leonard Bernstein, Miles Davis, John Gielgud, Johnny Mathis and Igor Stravinsky


1967

The album spent an unprecedented 491 consecutive weeks through 1967 on the "Billboard" top 100 album charts, earning him a mention in the "Guinness Book of World Records" add something

 

After splitting from Noga, Mathis established Jon Mat Records, Inc., incorporated in California May 11, 1967, to produce his recordings , and Rojon Productions, Inc., incorporated in California September 30, 1964, to handle all of his concert, theater, showroom, and television appearances, and all promotional and charitable activities add something


1968

In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influences add something


1970

While Mathis continued to make music, the ascent of the Beatles and early 1970s album rock kept his adult contemporary recordings out of the pop singles charts, until he experienced a career renaissance in the late 1970s add something


 

Johnny Mathis was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance add something


1978

In 1978, Mathis recorded "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" with singer Deniece Williams add something

 

In 1978, his hit duet "The Last Time I Felt Like This" from the film "Same Time, Next Year" was nominated for an Academy award for Best Original Song add something

 

Released as a single in 1978, it reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, number nine on the Canadian Singles Chart and number three on the UK Singles Chart add something

 

Barry Manilow - In 1978, five of his albums were on the best-selling charts simultaneously, a feat equalled only by Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Mathis


1979

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 add something


1980

During 1980-81, Mathis recorded an album with Chic's Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, "I Love My Lady", which remains unreleased in its entirety, though three tracks appeared on a Chic box set in 2010 and a fourth, the title track, on Mathis' "Ultimate Collection" in 2011 and the Chic Organization's "Up All Night" in 2013 add something

 

Natalie Cole - After Johnny Mathis appeared on a special of Cole's in 1980, the two kept in contact, and in 1992, he invited Cole to be a part of his television special titled "A Tribute To Nat Cole" for BBC-TV in England


1982

In 1982 he published a cookbook, "Cooking for You Alone" add something


1984

His new manager and business partner was Ray Haughn, who helped guide his career until his death in September 1984 add something

 

Rick Dees - In 1984, Dees made a request of Marvin Fisher, the owner of the copyright in the music of the song "When Sunny Gets Blue", for permission to use the song in a parody of the performance by Johnny Mathis

 

Paul Anka - The song was released by Johnny Mathis in 1984


1985

Despite missing the Olympic high jump trials, he has never abandoned his enthusiasm for sports and today is an avid golfer who has achieved nine holes-in-one, and has hosted several Johnny Mathis Golf Tournaments in the United Kingdom and the US. Since 1985 he has been hosting a charity golf tournament in Belfast sponsored by Shell corporation, and the annual Johnny Mathis Invitational Track & Field Meet has continued at San Francisco State University since it started in 1982 add something


1986

Henry Mancini - He toured several times with Johnny Mathis and with Andy Williams, who had each sung many of Mancini's songs; Mathis and Mancini collaborated on the 1986 album "The Hollywood Musicals"


1989

Also in 1989, Johnny sang the theme for the ABC daytime soap opera "Loving" add something


1995

A compilation album called "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", released by Sony Music in 1995, featured the title track among other songs by the duo add something


1998

His appearance on the "Live by Request" broadcast in May 1998 on the A&E Network had the largest television viewing audience of the series add something

 

Toots Thielemans - In 1998 he released a French flavoured album titled "Chez Toots" that included the Les Moulins De Mon Coeur featuring guest singer Johnny Mathis.


2000

Mathis continues to perform live, but from 2000 forward, he limited his concert performances to about fifty to sixty per year add something


 

In 2003, the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Mathis the Lifetime Achievement award add something


2005

Robin Gibb - In December 2005, a recordings of this performance was released as part of double A side single, credited as "G4 feat Robin Gibb" together with G4's cover version of the Johnny Mathis song "When a Child is Born"


2006

In 2006, Mathis revealed that his silence had been because of death threats he received as a result of that 1982 article add something

 

On April 13, 2006, Mathis granted a podcast interview with "The Strip" in which he talked about the subject once again, and how some of his reluctance to speak on the subject was partially generational add something

 

Bette Midler - In 2006, Midler released a new Christmas album, Cool Yule, featuring the title song (written by Steve Allen and a duet of "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow" with Johnny Mathis.


2007

In 2007, Mathis was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame add something


2008

Mathis eulogized him at his funeral in 2008, thanking him for giving him his first chance as a singer add something

 

Gladys Knight - In 2008, a duet between Knight and Johnny Mathis was released on Mathis' album "A Night to Remember"


2014

Mathis served as narrator for "'51 Dons", a 2014 documentary film about story about the integrated and undefeated 1951 San Francisco Dons football team add something

 

On June 21, 2014 Johnny Mathis was inducted into the Great American Songbook Hall Of Fame along with Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones, and Nat King Cole add something


2015

On November 2nd 2015 Mathis returned home from a performance in Ohio to find his home of over 50 years had burned down add something

 

On November 2, 2015 Mathis returned home from a performance in Ohio to find his home of over 50 years had burned down add something


2016

On January 14, 2016, Mathis performed to a sold out audience in The Villages as part of his 60th Anniversary Concert Tour add something


2017

During an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning on May 14, 2017, Mathis discussed the "US Magazine" article and confirmed the fact that he is in fact gay add something