Nowadays, the name Johnny Mathis likely brings about thoughts of Christmas and the many holiday songs Mathis covered throughout his career. Mathis first became popular in the 1950s, primarily singing jazz tunes and ballads. His most successful hits were "Chances Are" in 1957 and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" in 1978, both reaching #1 on the US charts. Prior to singing, Mathis was a world class high-jumper, being invited to the Olympic trials in 1956. He declined in order to pursue music.
John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standards, 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.As confirmed by Guinnes World Book music chart historian Paul Gambacini " Johnny Mathis has sold over 350 Million records worldwide" Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, the fourth of seven children of Clem Mathis and his wife, Mildred Boyd. Their family moved to San Francisco, California, settling on 32nd Ave. in the Richmond District, where he grew up. His father had worked in vaudeville, and when he saw his son's talent, he bought an old upright piano for US$25 and encouraged his efforts. Mathis began learning songs and routines from his father; his first song being "My Blue Heaven." Mathis started singing and dancing for visitors at home, and at school and church functions.
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