"John Royce Mathis" (born September 30 1935), known popularly as "Johnny Mathis", is an American popular music singer.
Probably the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the rock-dominated 1960s, Mathis concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the shrinking adult contemporary audience through to the mid 1980's. Starting his career with a standard flurry of singles, Mathis was far more popular as an album artist, with several dozens of his LPs receiving gold and platinum and over 60 made the Billboard charts.
Mathis was born as the fourth of seven children in Gilmer, Texas to Clem and Mildred Mathis. The family moved when he was young to Post Street, San Francisco, California where he was raised. His father Clem had worked for a time in vaudeville, and when Johnny developed his talent Clem encouraged it by buying an old upright piano for $25. Clem began teaching his young son songs and routines - his first song ''My Blue Heaven'' Starting out singing and dancing at home for visitors, Johnny began singing publicly at school and church events
At aged 13, Clem took him to see Connie Cox, a San Francisco Bay Area voice teach...
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