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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.

John Royce Mathis, 30 September 1935, San Francisco, California, USA. In 1956, the 19-year-old Mathis was signed to Columbia Records where he began his career with a jazz-tinged album. A US Top 20 hit with "Wonderful! Wonderful!" saw him move adroitly towards the balladeer market, and before long he was a major concert attraction, with regular appearances on highly rated American television shows. In 1957, together with his first hit, Mathis was barely absent from the US bestseller lists, and that year had a further five hits, including the number 1 "Chances Are", "The Twelfth Of Never" and "It's Not For Me To Say". Mathis had become a phenomenon; his popularity at that time ranked alongside that of Frank Sinatra. By May 1958, he was scraping the UK charts with "Teacher, Teacher", and soon established himself with major hits such as "A Certain Smile", "Winter Wonderland", "Someone", "Misty" and "My Love For You". His appeal to the adult market ensured spectacular album success, and Johnny's Greatest Hits stayed a record 490 weeks in the US chart.
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Jun 25 Sun 7:30 PM Johnny Mathis Orpheum Theatre - Memphis
Memphis, TN
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Reading, PA
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Findlay, OH
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Sep 24 Sun 7:30 PM Johnny Mathis Sacramento Community Center Theater
Sacramento, CA
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Oct 7 Sat 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis City National Civic
San Jose, CA
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Oct 28 Sat 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis The Show - Agua Caliente Casino
Rancho Mirage, CA
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Nov 3 Fri 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis State Theatre - Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
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Wilkes Barre, PA
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Nov 17 Fri 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis The Mansion - MO
Branson, MO
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Branson, MO
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Dec 1 Fri 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis Rosemont Theatre
Rosemont, IL
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Apr 13 Fri 8:00 PM Johnny Mathis New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ
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With the beat boom and 60s pop explosion making it more difficult for visiting American balladeers to infiltrate the singles chart, Mathis concentrated increasingly on releasing albums. Indeed, he seemed willing to tackle a variety of concepts presented by his various producers and arrangers. Away From Home, produced by Norman Newell, saw the singer concentrating on the songs of European composers; Olé, the Latin-American outing, was sung in Portuguese and Spanish; Wonderful World Of Make Believe consisted entirely of songs based on fairytales; and there were tribute albums to such composers as Burt Bacharach and Bert Kaempfert. Meanwhile, Mathis was suffering from serious drug addiction, but fortunately he managed to kick the habit.

By the late 60s, Mathis seemed equally adept at tackling MOR standards and John Lennon/Paul McCartney songs, as well as hoping to update his image. He returned to the UK singles chart in 1974 for the first time in a decade with "I'm Stone In Love With You" and, two years later, secured the Christmas number 1 with "When A Child Is Born". Back in the USA, he was still searching for new ideas and in April 1978, collaborated with Deniece Williams on "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late'. This, his first duet, became a surprise number 1, his first US chart-topper since 1957. Since then, Mathis has duetted incessantly with a list that includes Gladys Knight, Paulette McWilliams, Stephanie Lawrence, Jane Oliver, Dionne Warwick, Angela Bofill, Natalie Cole, Barbara Dickson and Nana Mouskouri. What has been overlooked is Mathis" incredible commercial success: he is one of the most successful recording artists of all time, although behind Sinatra and Elvis Presley. His remarkable durability and unfailing professionalism demand admiration, quite apart from his incredibly distinctive voice.