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Country Johnny Mathis

Biography

b. 28 Sept 1933, Maud, Tx, USA. Never to end up being confused along with his more lucrative namesake, this Johnny Mathis is really a nation singer-songwriter. He made an appearance on theBig ‘D’ Jamboree, Dallas, but shifted to Shreveport and produced his debut in the Louisiana Hayride in 1953. The next season, he and Jimmy Lee Fautheree documented as Jimmy And Johnny and obtained lots 3 US nation chart hit along with his tune ‘If You Don’t SOMEONE ELSE Will’. During his times at Shreveport, Mathis caused Johnny Horton and co-wrote some tracks with him including ‘I’ll GET IT DONE Everytime’. Horton also documented a few of Mathis’ tracks. Although Mathis made an appearance in the Grand Ole Opry, he previously no solo graph strikes after ‘Make sure you SPEAK TO My Center’ in 1963. The next year that tune became a high 10 strike for Ray Cost and, 16 years afterwards, charted once again for Freddy Fender. His tracks have been documented by many superstars, including George Jones, Faron Youthful, Charley Satisfaction and Engelbert Humperdinck. Mathis had written and documented both nation and gospel materials through the entire 70s, 80s and 90s. In Feb 1999 he experienced a massive heart stroke which curtailed his music profession.

Quick Facts


Died September 27, 2011, Cornersville, Tennessee, United States
Nationality American


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#Fact
1 As usual, still performing at prestigious venues throughout the United States. [2004]
2 Recording duet with Ray Charles for Charles' upcoming compact disc album of duets. [2004]
3 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
4 Has the distinction of having an album - "Johnny Mathis' Greatest Hits"
  • on the Billboard charts for longer than any other album in history:
490 weeks, or the equivalent of 9-1/2 years.
5 Went to high school with Lee Meriwether.
6 An avid golfer, he hit his fifth hole-in-one at the 176 yard, 16th hole at the Riviera Country Club in April 2004.
7 Referenced in the song 'The Call of the Wild (Merengue)' by David Byrne on his 1989 album, 'Rei Momo'.
8 Mathis has had a string of hits, all on Columbia records, stretching from the 1950s through the 1980s and beyond. Hit singles include "It's Not For Me to Say," "Chances Are," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "A Certain Smile," "Misty," "Gina," "What Will Mary Say?," and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (Duet with Denise Williams). Hit albums include "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "Open Fire, Two Guitars," "Johnny's Greatest Hits," "Heavenly," "Faithfully," "Warm," "Merry Christmas," and "Up, Up, and Away."
9 Was a featured vocalist on the Grammy nominated (2004 awards) album "XXL" by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Composer-arranger-pianist-saxophonist-band leader Gordon Goodwin has remained a longtime friend of Mathis and was once his former pianist.
10 Won a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award on 23 February 2003.
11 As of 2004, he has had the longest stay of any popular artist with Columbia Records to date, having recorded for them almost exclusively since 1956.
12 Track and Field Tournament at San Francisco State University, the Johnny Mathis Invitational, is named in his honour.
13 Just two years after his first recordings, his 1958 record album "Johnny's Greatest Hits" (Columbia Records) started the "Greatest Hits" trend for recording artists and record companies; every record company thereafter began to release "Greatest Hits" albums for their recording artists.
14 One of the most financially ingenious artists in the recording industry, Mathis has full responsibility and creative control of the production of his recordings through Jon Mat Records, Inc. where he chooses his own songs, producers, etc. while Columbia Records remains responsible for distribution.
15 Jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi, who composed the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) and many other "Charlie Brown" TV specials was the featured pianist and then-unknown talent on Mathis' demonstration recordings for Columbia Records in 1956.
16 A shrewd financial investor, Mathis owns a Post Office in Wisconsin that he leases to the United States Postal Service.
17 Early in his career, his then manager Helen Noga attempted to develop a feature film about the life of Black/Peruvian Indian saint Martin de Porres with Mathis portraying the Afro-Peruvian title role. This project, however, never reached fruition.


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Family Ties 1983-1989 TV Series singer - 149 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleigh Bells Ring 2016 TV Movie performer: "Sleigh Ride"
Supernatural 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Aquarius 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 2003-2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Goldbergs 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Normal Heart 2014 TV Movie performer: "Chances Are"
Rob the Mob 2014 performer: "Dream, Dream, Dream"
Call the Midwife 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Behind the Candelabra 2013 TV Movie performer: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas"
A Case of You 2013 performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
American Dad! 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010-2012 TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Silver Linings Playbook 2012 performer: "Misty"
Desperate Housewives 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary performer: "When a Child is Born"
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas 2011 performer: "Sleigh Ride Vocal"
New Girl 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Top Gear 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: "Laura"
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 Documentary performer: "Things I Might Have Been"
I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 performer: "Chances Are"
EastEnders 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mad Men 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Towelhead 2007 performer: "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
Crazy Love 2007/I Documentary performer: "Let's Love"
Zodiac 2007 performer: "It's Not For Me To Say"
7th Heaven 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters 2005 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Las Vegas 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Malcolm in the Middle 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Family Man 2000 performer: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
Donnie Brasco 1997 performer: "How Deep is Your Love" 1977
Jingle All the Way 1996 performer: "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 performer: "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 performer: "Misty" 1962
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 performer: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
Bébé's Kids 1992 performer: "Moonlight Becomes You"
Sjans 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D. 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cheers 1984-1991 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 1990 performer: "Misty"
Goodfellas 1990 performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
Chances Are 1989 performer: "CHANCES ARE", "WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL"
Everybody's All-American 1988 performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon 1988 performer: "I'M NOT AFRAID TO SAY GOODBYE", "CHANCES ARE"
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern 1987 TV Movie performer: "Dearly Beloved", "Yesterdays", "Make Believe"
Tin Men 1987 performer: "It's Not for Me to Say"
Crime Story 1986 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Gremlins 1984 performer: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Family Ties 1982 TV Series performer: "Without Us"
Asa Branca - Um Sonho Brasileiro 1980 performer: "My Love for You"
Falling in Love Again 1980 performer: "Yesterday's Dreams"
WKRP in Cincinnati 1980 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Magic of David Copperfield II 1979 TV Special performer: "Chances Are"
Top of the Pops 1976-1979 TV Series performer - 9 episodes
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary performer: "The Last Time I Felt Like This"
Same Time, Next Year 1978 performer: "The Last Time I Felt Like This"
Christmas 76 1976 TV Special performer: "Eres tu"
Dinah! 1976 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Walking Tall 1973 performer: "Walking Tall"
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special performer: "Life Is What You Make It"
Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971/I TV Special performer: "Lovers in New York"
The Ed Sullivan Show 1968 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1968 performer: "Most Of All There's You"
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
It's What's Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special performer: "Wild is the Wind"
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special performer: "Love Theme from El Cid The Falcon and the Dove"
The Best of Everything 1959 performer: "The Best of Everything"
A Certain Smile 1958 performer: "A Certain Smile"
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special performer: "Wild Is the Wind"
Wild Is the Wind 1957 performer: "Wild Is the Wind"
Lizzie 1957 performer: "It's Not For Me To Say", "Warm and Tender"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series Johnny Mathis
A City of the King 1971 TV Movie Innkeeper
The Red Skelton Hour 1965 TV Series Johnny Appleworm
Lizzie 1957 Piano Singer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paper Airplane 2017 TV Series very special thanks pre-production
I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 thanks
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Leslie Uggams Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Allen Ludden's Gallery 1969 TV Series Himself
Sing und swing 1969 TV Movie Himself
Night-Club 1968 TV Series Himself - Musician
The Kraft Music Hall 1968 TV Series Himself
The Woody Woodbury Show 1968 TV Series Himself
Dee Time 1967 TV Series Himself
International Cabaret 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
The Jackie Gleason Show 1967 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1967 TV Series Himself - Singer
Jede Stimme zählt 1966 TV Movie Himself - Musician
The Dean Martin Show 1966 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1964-1966 TV Series Himself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Himself - Singer
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself
It's What's Happening, Baby! 1965 TV Special Himself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1964-1965 TV Series Himself
Here's Edie 1964 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1957-1964 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Party 1963 TV Special Himself
Juke Box Jury 1962 TV Series Himself - Surprise Guest
Here's Hollywood 1960-1962 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Academy Awards 1962 TV Special Himself - Performer
About Faces 1960 TV Series Himself
The Frances Langford Show 1960 TV Series Himself
What's My Line? 1959 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Juke Box Jury 1959 TV Series Himself
The All-Star Christmas Show 1958 TV Movie Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1958 TV Series Himself
A Certain Smile 1958 Himself
This Is Your Life 1958 TV Series Himself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1957-1958 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Big Record 1957-1958 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards 1958 TV Special Himself - Performer
The Eddie Fisher Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The George Gobel Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Julius LaRosa Show 1957 TV Series Himself
The Last Old Master Documentary post-production Himself
Tavis Smiley 2010-2015 TV Series Himself
Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark 2014 Documentary Himself
'51 Dons 2014 Documentary Narrator
Killing Me Softly: The Roberta Flack Story 2014 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
The View 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2013 TV Series Himself
Teens Wanna Know 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Nation's Favourite Christmas Song 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Christmas Number One Story 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Nat King Cole Generation Hope: Johnny Mathis 2011 Short Himself
Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Daybreak 2011 TV Series Himself
Unsung 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2006 TV Series Himself
Johnny Mathis Live: Wonderful, Wonderful! 2006 TV Special
The 4th Annual TV Land Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Big City Dick: Richard Peterson's First Movie 2004 Documentary Himself
Weekend Today 2002 TV Series Himself
Today 2002 TV Series Himself
Live by Request: Johnny Mathis 1998 TV Special documentary Himself
Muppets Tonight 1998 TV Series Himself
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 TV Series Himself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's 1997 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Songs of Johnny Mercer: Too Marvelous for Words 1997 TV Movie Himself
1995 Miss North America Pageant 1995 TV Special Himself - Performer (Miss America Tribute)
Ray Alexander: A Menu for Murder 1995 TV Movie Himself
Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade 1993 TV Special Himself
David Foster's Christmas Album 1993 TV Special Himself
Holiday Greetings from 'The Ed Sullivan Show' 1992 TV Movie Himself
Vicki! 1992 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 40th Anniversary Special 1992 TV Movie Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1991-1992 TV Series Himself
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1992 TV Special Himself - Performer
Dying for a Smoke 1992 Video documentary Himself
Christmas in Washington 1991 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1965-1990 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Musical Guest
American Masters 1990 TV Series documentary Himself
Dionne and Friends 1990 TV Series Himself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1989 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1989 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
The Songwriter's Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary... The Magic of Music 1989 TV Movie Himself
A Conversation with Dinah 1989 TV Series Himself (1991)
Soul Train 1974-1988 TV Series documentary Himself / Himself - Guest
Solid Gold 1980-1988 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host / Himself - Co-host
In Performance at the White House: A Tribute to American Music - Jerome Kern 1987 TV Movie Himself
Mancini and Friends 1987 TV Movie Himself
Wogan 1986 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Himself
Ryan's Hope 1985 TV Series Himself
Olympic Gala 1984 TV Special documentary Himself - Song Performer
Salute! 1983 TV Series Himself
Oh Madeline 1983 TV Series Himself
The Glen Campbell Music Show 1982 TV Series Himself
Marvin Hamlisch: They're Playing My Song 1981 TV Movie Himself
Numéro 1 1975-1981 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Tomorrow Coast to Coast 1981 TV Series Himself
The John Davidson Show 1981 TV Series Himself
Stars 1980 TV Series Himself
The Val Doonican Music Show 1978-1980 TV Series Himself
Mike Yarwood in Persons 1979 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1978-1979 TV Series Himself
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Himself
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Himself - Performer
The Mary Tyler Moore Hour 1979 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1967-1979 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Himself
The 6th Annual American Music Awards 1979 TV Special Himself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Himself
A Salute to American Imagination 1978 TV Movie documentary Himself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1978 TV Series Himself
The Wolfman Jack Show 1976 TV Series Himself
The Midnight Special 1973-1976 TV Series Himself
The Diahann Carroll Show 1976 TV Series Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
La hora de... 1976 TV Series Himself
BBC Show of the Week 1974 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1974 TV Series Himself
Le grand échiquier 1972-1973 TV Series Himself
Get Happy 1973 TV Movie Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1969-1973 TV Series Himself - Guest Appearance
Top à... 1972-1973 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 20th Anniversary 1973 TV Movie Himself
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special Himself - Performer
Stars on Sunday 1971-1972 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
The Pet Set 1971 TV Series documentary Himself
The Ice Palace 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest Host
Die Drehscheibe 1971 TV Series Singer
Monsanto Presents Mancini 1971/I TV Special Singer
Vera Lynn 1971 TV Series Himself
Flip 1971 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1957-1970 TV Series Singer / Himself - Singer / Himself
Playboy After Dark 1969-1970 TV Series Singer
The Joey Bishop Show 1968-1969 TV Series Himself
Della 1969 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Music: Songbook Standards - As Time Goes By 2015 TV Movie
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Himself
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
El disco del año 06 2006 TV Movie Himself
A Classic Christmas from the Ed Sullivan Show 2005 Video Himself
I Love a 1970's Christmas 2000 TV Special documentary
TV Ano 50 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 1991 TV Special Himself
Top of the Pops 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
Christmas 76 1976 TV Special Himself - Performer
Numéro 1 1976 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the album "Sending You a Little Christmas."
2011 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the album "Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville."
2006 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the album "Isn't It Romantic."


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#Quote
1 If you really want to learn about a person, play a round of golf with him or her. You'll learn how they treat their dog, their husband or wife, and their children. You'll learn how they react to missed opportunities, because that's all golf is--a lot of missed opportunities.
2 For the first 20 years of my life, I think, I sang standing with my eyes closed and my fists clenched. Mostly it didn't bother the people in the audience, but it did bother the critics, so much that I got horrible reviews, terrible. They said 'He has no stage presence', 'He's shy', 'He doesn't know what to do between songs', 'He fidgets', 'When he sings, he closes his eyes and just goes off and...' Those reviews bothered me a great deal. But I lived with it. And then finally one day all the reviews became positive. And I hadn't changed at all, it's just that they finally decided that they liked what I was doing.


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