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Johnny Mathis

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The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, TX to Clem and Mildred Mathis. As a small boy, the family moved to Post Street in San Francisco. It was there that he learned an appreciation of music from his father who taught him his first song, “My Blue Heaven”. At age eight, his father purchased an old upright piano for $25. When he brought it home, it wouldn’t fit through the front door. So that evening, Johnny stayed up all night to watch his father dismantle the piano, get it into the small living room of their basement apartment and then reassemble it. Clem Mathis, who worked briefly as a musician back in Texas playing the piano and singing on stage, would continue to teach his son many songs and routines. Johnny had proven to be the most eager of the children to learn all about music. He sang in the church choir, school functions, community events, for visitors in their home as well as amateur shows in the San Francisco area.

Johnny was 13 years old when Clem took him to see Connie Cox, a Bay Area voice teacher, who agreed to take on the youngster in exchange for his doing odd jobs around her house. Johnny studied with Connie for six years learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production, classical and operatic skills.

At George Washington High School, Johnny was known not only for his singing ability but his athleticism as well. He became a star athlete on the track and field team as a high jumper and hurdler and played on the basketball team.

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  • Morgantown

    Such a fabulous vocalist. There's nothing better than some quiet storm music when the city sleeps.

    14 Aug 9:22pm Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    We listened to a lot of Johnny Mathis around my house when I was a kid. Of course, mostly at Christmas. My parents loved his music. "Chances Are" was their song. I always get a little misty when I hear it, but I still love listening to Mathis...even tho much of my music taste typically runs a lot heavier...you just can't ignore the classics.

    11 Aug 4:33pm Reply
  • brownieboy

    his listeners have an impressive rise during christmas but drop big time lol

    6 Jun 10:46pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    вот такой и должна быть традиционная эстрада, потрясающий голос!

    8 Mar 5:02pm Reply
  • g160653

    hoje é um dia especial para Johnny, que tudo de bom lhe aconteça. Continue sendo a pessoa que você é, e continue nos encantando. FELIZ ANIVERSÁRIO. Graça Rodrigues - Brasil

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • g160653

    Bom dia Pessoal, é hoje, o especial em comemoração ao Aniversário de Johnny Mathis às 22 horas é só acessar. http://www.vitrolinha.com/

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • g160653

    Olá Amigos!!! Dia 30/09 É o aniversario do Cantor de todos os tempos: JOHNNY MATHIS - meu amado cantor!!! Te amo Johnny!!! Feliz aniversário, continue nos encantando com sua bela voz e canções maravilhosas. Seja feliz neste dia. Acesse http://www.vitrolinha.com e ouça o especial que fizemos em sua homenagem dia 30/09/2013 às 22 horas espero que goste. Graça Rodrigues - Natal-RN BRASIL.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • sunshinegirl979

    absolutely heavenly darlings, heavenly!!

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • dancingfool

    straight up G shit right here.

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • glouese

    hes one of my all time favourite singers

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    They should just release the rest of that Chic album already. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • LarkCGN

    I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Johnny! Fave singer together with David Bowie and Elton John!

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lunaexoriens

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    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • makssim21

    Wonderful, Wonderful <3 [Mrs.McCluskey & Kathryn Joosten R.I.P]

    7 Jun 2012 Reply
  • jheanlimma

    Too Much, Too Little, Too Late

    25 May 2012 Reply
  • -Rokamadour-

    Wonderful, Wonderful <3

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • Kamelopardalis

    Eli Eli's wonderful

    28 Apr 2012 Reply
  • MuoriBOR

    hi

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • EricValeev

    It's Not for Me to Say ♥

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Roll_Hamma

    Merry Christmas everyone

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
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