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Johnny Mathis

2014 Songbook Award


Johnny Mathis, with his 60-year performing career, is the world’s bestselling 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 became one of the bestselling records of all time. That same year, Mathis released his first Christmas album, which sold over six million copies. To date, 73 of Mathis’s albums have reached the Billboard Top Album charts, with 13 Gold Records and eight Platinum Records. Of his 200 singles, 71 have charted worldwide. Mathis has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame twice for his songs, Chances Are and Misty. In 2003, Mathis received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The music and voice of Mathis have been used in countless Hollywood movies for theme songs and background music. Outside of song recording, Mathis has also made film appearances, published a cookbook, founded the Johnny Mathis Invitational Track and Field Meet and hosted his own golf tournament. Mathis continues to record songs and still performs live.


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