1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Johnny Mathis (born September 30, 1935)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Chances Are 1957
Johnny Mathis also had hits with It’s Not for Me to Say and The Twelfth of Never in 1957 and Misty in 1959.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1984 Record Label: Columbia
The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, and grew up in San Francisco. He was invited to attend the trials for the 1956 US Olympic track teams to compete in Melbourne, Australia that summer but Columbia Records requested that he come to New York for a recording session. He gave up his Olympic chance and went to New York to record two of his most popular hits: It’s Not For Me To Say and Wonderful, Wonderful. In 1959, he recorded another song that became synonymous with the name of Johnny Mathis, the Erroll Garner composition, Misty. As a thirteen-year-old, he studied with an opera coach who influenced his style. Albums of his songs, like his singles, became immediate successes. ‘Johnny Mathis’ Greatest Hits’ album, released in 1958, became one of the most popular albums of all time, spent ten years on the albums chart, and began a ‘Greatest Hits’ tradition copied by every artist and record company since. Having recorded more than 100 albums, he ranks with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra as a top album artist.