Meet Johnny Mathis, an American singer of popular music who is the host of Johnny Mathis Golf Tournaments in the USA and the United Kingdom. See photos, video and a biography of Mathis here.
Mathis has been singing since the 1950s and is very popular amongst the old jazz and adult contemporary audience. He has sold more than 350 million records and has several albums making it to the golden and platinum status.
Johnny, who is also an avid golf player, is the man behind the Johnny Mathis Invitational Track & Field Meet being held at San Francisco State College since 1982.
As a biography, Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas so his age is 73. He got professional vocal training form Connie Cox, a San Francisco Bay Area voice teacher, for almost six years. While Mathis was a very good singer and was spotted by jazz producer George Avakian to sing for Columbia Records, he was also a smart athlete and had invitations for Olympic tryouts. He later chose the music career.
Mathis recorded his first album Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song in 1956 and then gave his two of the most popular songs later that year: “Wonderful! Wonderful!” and “It’s Not For Me To Say.” He also worked in two films the following year and then appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. This was his moment of fame. His discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian and Spanish music, Soul, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues. He has been awarded three Grammy awards.
Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, who heard over 2000 singers on his show, said: “Johnny Mathis is the best ballad singer in the world.”
Mathis has made special appearances on the Ryder Cup tour and has achieved six holes-in-one.
In his personal life, he has been a self-proclaimed homosexual. His revelations in a 1982 Us Magazine article about his sexual orientation also got him death threats. The singer, who’s been inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, has a cookbook to his name: Cooking for You Alone.
More photos and a video of Johnny Mathis are below.
Johnny Mathis Video