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Johnny Mathis
Mathis in concert at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on May 25, 2006
Background information
Birth name John Royce Mathis
Born September 30, 1935 (1935-09-30) (age 83)
Gilmer, Texas, U.S.
Genres
  • Easy listening
  • traditional pop
  • soft rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor
Years active 1956–present
Labels

John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music. 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.

According to Guinness Music Chart historian Paul Gambacini, Johnny Mathis has sold well over 360 million records worldwide making Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th Century. Mathis has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings.

Although he is frequently described as a romantic singer, his discography includes traditional pop, Brazilian and Spanish music, soul, rhythm and blues, show tunes, Tin Pan Alley, soft rock, blues, country music, and even a few disco songs for his album Mathis Magic in 1979. Mathis has 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.


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