1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Wonderful! Wonderful! recorded by Johnny Mathis with Ray Conniff’s Orchestra and Chorus
Written by Ben Raleigh and Sherman Edwards Introduced February 9, 1957, on Columbia records #40784
Vibrant with warmth and alive with understanding, Wonderful! Wonderful! was Johnny Mathis’ first release. His voice and style are instantly recognizable and unmistakable. Emphasis on long sustained notes and a heavy vibrato reveal the influence an opera coach had on his singing. This enduring recording of ‘a world of wonderful things that have no meaning with out you’ did not make the top-ten as Chances Are, It’s Not for Me To Say, and The Twelfth of Never would, but a subtle arrangement with a subdued background chorus let Johnny Mathis’ easy style and uncommon sensitivity shine. A single audition for a reluctant Columbia records representative resulted in a contract for Johnny Mathis and trip to New York City in 1956. His first album ‘Johnny Mathis’ excitingly demonstrated his amazing versatility. Columbia A&R executive Mitch Miller guided him through his early fifties hit recordings. He was one of the last and most popular in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the rock-dominated sixties.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"The world is full of wondrous things its true, but they wouldn’t have much meaning without you"