Knowledge Identifier: +Johnny_Mathis
Born in 1935.
Countries: United States (63%), United Kingdom (8%), (6%)
Linked to: American Broadcasting Company, Muscular Dystrophy Association, San Francisco State University, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Mathis purchased a mansion in Hollywood Hills, which was originally built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, where he still maintains a residence
In 1954, he enrolled at San Francisco State University on an athletic scholarship, intending to become an English teacher and a physical education teacher
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
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
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
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
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
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"
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.
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"
Gladys Knight - In 2008, a duet between Knight and Johnny Mathis was released on Mathis' album "A Night to Remember"
Mathis served as narrator for "'51 Dons", a 2014 documentary film about story about the integrated and undefeated 1951 San Francisco Dons football team
On November 2nd 2015 Mathis returned home from a performance in Ohio to find his home of over 50 years had burned down
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