John Royce “Johnny” Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music and jazz.
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, according to Guinness Book of World Records writer and charts music historian Paul Gambaccini and other sources. This makes Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century.
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 six albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influences.
Once In A While
Columbia Records 1988
Tracks: I’m On The Outside (Looking In), It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference, Two Strong Hearts, Once In A While, Fallen, Daydreamin´, From A Whisper To A Scream, Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got), Just Like You & Love Brought Us Here Tonight.
Musicians on the Once In A While album: Johnny Mathis, Peter Bunetta, Preston Glass, Tom Walsh, Rick Chudacoff, Neil Stubenhaus, Nicholas Brown, Dann Huff, Fred Tackett, Michael Thompson, Greg Bartheld, Bill Elliot, Preston Glass, Robert Kraft, James Studer, Jorge Bermudez, Paulinho Da Costa, Michael Paulo, Craig Thomas, David Woodword, Frankie Bleu, Sheryl Crow, Joe Ericksen, Rick Nelson & Leslie Smith.
Right From The Heart
Columbia Records 1985
Tracks: Touch By Touch, Love Shock, Just One Touch, Hooked On Goodbye, I Need You, Step By Step, Right From The Heart, Falling In Love, Here We Go Again & Hold On.
Musicians on the Right From The Heart album: Johnny Mathis, Brian Fairweather, Dann Huff, Paul Jackson Jr., David Williams, Neil Stubenhaus, Robbie Buchanan, Brian Fairweather, Randy Kerber, John “JR” Robinson, Paulinho Da Costa, Tom Scott, Ernie Watts, Larry Williams, Wayne Anthony, Seline Armbeck, Teri Armbeck, Ron Bergan, Buster Bradford, Tony Bradford, Darrell Brown, Lynn Davis, James Gandulia, Siedah Garrett, Phillip Ingram, Edie Lehman, Kate Markowitz, Clem Mathis, Phil Perry, Darryl Phinnessee, Gil Reigers, Mike Reigers, Maxine Sibley, Dana Tehen, The McGettricks, Don Watson & Charles A. Zacharie.
A Special Part Of Me
Columbia Records 1984
Tracks: Simple, Love Won’t Let Me Wait, The Best Is Yet To Come, Lead Me To Your Love, You’re A Special Part Of Me, Love Never Felt So Good, Priceless, One Love & Right Here And Now.
Musicians on the A Special Part Of Me album: Johnny Mathis, Larry Carlton, Marty Walsh, David Williams, Dennis Belfield, Nathan East, Abraham Laboriel, Michel Colombier, Bill Cuomo, John “JR” Robinson, Luis Conte, Paulinho Da Costa, Ernie Watts, Larry Williams, Larry Hall, Jerry Hey, Bill Reichenbach, Angela Bofill, Deniece Williams Background vocals : Wayne Anthony, James Ingram, Phillip Ingram, Phil Perry & Darryl Phinnessee.
Friends In Love
Columbia Records 1982
Tracks: Got You Where I Want You, I Remember You And Me, When The Lovin’ Goes Out Of The Lovin’, Somethin’s Goin’ On, What Do You Do With The Love, Friends In Love, What’s Forever For, Warm, Memory & Lately.
Musicians on the Friends In Love Album: Johnny Mathis, Michael Baird, Abraham Laboriel, Mike Porcaro, Jay Graydon, David Foster, Victor Feldman, Jerry Hey, Dionne Warwick, Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, Richard Page.
That´s What Friends Are For
Columbia Records 1978