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Johnny Mathis

February 8, 2021

Johnny Mathis Bio | Songbook Hall of Fame



Johnny Mathis, with his 60-year performing career, is the world’s best-selling living recording artist and is one of only five recording artists to have Top 40 Hits spanning each of the four decades since 1955. Mathis’s resilient career began in 1957 with the singles 'Wonderful! Wonderful!' and one of his biggest hits, 'Chances Are.' In 1958, Columbia released the first of many 'Greatest Hits' collections which spent almost 10 years on the Billboard Top Albums chart. Read more at Songbook Hall of Fame.


“I don’t think about retiring. I think about how I can keep singing for the rest of my life. I just have to pace myself.”

Johnny Mathis





When I Fall In Love




Twelfth of Never


It's Not For Me To Say


Chances Are


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"His music became the soundtrack for people’s lives, for their loves and heartaches. And literal soundtracks: 'Goodfellas,' 'Play Misty for Me,' 'Mad Men.' In 2017, he recorded an album covering contemporary hits (Adele, Bruno Mars, Josh Groban) with smooth-jazz trimmings: 'Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook.' But his fans require the classics." ― Washington Post




  • Johnny has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame three times so far for “Chances Are,” “Misty,” and “It’s Not For Me To Say.”

  • In 2003, Mathis received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

  • Johnny supported civil rights and gay rights, from singing with activists at the Salute to Freedom concert in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 to acknowledging his own sexual orientation two decades later. (Billboard)



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