Johnny Mathis is one of the few celebrities who got their talent discovered by their parents in their childhood. Mathis’s dad got him an old upright piano when he was a kid as he discovered that his son had passion for music. It was this discovery that made Johnny Mathis what he is today: an America pop superstar who has the fan following of millions around the world. Mathis is known for his pop and romantic jazz blend of music. He outshined his contemporaries in the 80s and established as a popular music celebrity in the US. So far, he has released scores of music albums that have achieved gold/platinum status. What more can you say of a success of a music star who has sold millions of records worldwide!
Johnny Mathis was accepted by a voice teacher Connie Cox when he was only 13. She started training and polishing the talent of this young boy. For 6 years, Mathis studied under the supervision of this teacher who taught him various aspects of music and singing. Mathis’s first band was made with his school fellow named Merl Saunders. Other than his singing talent, Mathis has been a keen athlete in high school. He loved high jumping and basketball.
The real success of Mathis in his music career started when Helen Noga and her husband John recognized his talent. Noga became his manager and together they started a journey into the world of pop music. On the persuasion of Noga, George Avakian, a jazz producer visited Johnny Mathis and was delighted to see the young talented boy. He intimated Columbia Records about the young talent that he found and instructed them to send blank contracts. At this point in time, this music star had to choose between high jumping trials for 1956 Olympics for which he had to travel to Australia or opt for his first music recordings. The singer in Mathis was more powerful than the athlete. This is why he decided to go for his music career instead of the other option.
Johnny Mathis first album comprised jazz music, but it didn’t sell very quickly. The second album of this pop star was produced by Mitch Miller, the vice president and producer of Columbia Records. It was in 1956 that Mathis recorded "It's Not For Me To Say" and "Wonderful! Wonderful!” Both the singles gained immense popularity. The same year he was signed to sing for Lizzie, a film of 1957. He also sang "A Certain Smile". In both the movies, he had small acting roles as well.
His appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show made him all the more popular. He was given the title of Velvet Vice by the critics. Mathis’s album Johnny’s Greatest Hits was released in 1958. It became the first ever Greatest Hits album in the music industry. In fact, it was this album that triggered the tradition of greatest hits. The release of his 25th Anniversary Album in 1981 stayed on the Billboard Top 100 charts for 491 consecutive weeks until 1990. It enabled him to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. Mathis has released 200 singles and had 71 songs charted around the world. He has received 3 Grammy Awards and has also been nominated for a number of awards including Academy Award for Best Original Song. He also received the lifetime achievement award in 2003 by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. More than a 100 TV shows and films have had his songs that have been cherished by the world for years.
This music legend is still entertaining his fans around the US and other parts of the world. Attending his concert is a treat for the senses. Getting some Johnny Mathis Tickets this year can provide you with a perfect chance to experience this celebrity live. You will love the compassion and enchantment of his voice that has the power to transport you into the world of imagination and beauty. So grab some Johnny Mathis Tickets and look forward to making some unforgettable memories.
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