Johnny Mathis in The Ed Sullivan Show

Johnny Mathis

Born: 1935-09-30


Johnny Mathis

His LP Album JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS (Columbia CL 1133 /CS 8634) remained on the Billboard TOP 200 LP Chart for 490 weeks or nearly 9 and a half years. This record for longest stay on the Album charts was "technically" broken by Rock group Pink Floyd's LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON*. JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS remains, however, the LP album with the longest CONSECUTIVE number of weeks on Billboard's Charts. (DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, which first charted in 1973, did not remain on the Billboard Top 200 LP Chart consecutively; this album dropped off the charts for a period of 6 months, and again for another period of 9 months.)
JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS (LP) remained on the Billboard TOP 40 ALbum Charts for 178 weeks or nearly 3 and a half years beginning in 1958.
The single WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for 39 weeks beginning on February 9, 1957 at No. 71. This record was broken by a single that charted for 40 weeks in 1978. Yet Mathis' record stood for 21 years.
His single IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY remained on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart for 34 weeks beginning April 29, 1957 at No. 58.
As of 2005, he has released over 96 LP/CD albums of original music and has had 73 charted LP/CD albums (double LPs/CDs counted as 1 release); the last charted album was 2002's "THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM", Mathis' sixth "original" Christmas release.
Of his charted albums, 50 have charted in the Top 100 on several charts (Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, Black, etc.)
His LP and CD albums that have not been certified Gold and/or Platinum have typically sold no less than 250,000 copies.
He was the first Pop singer to perform at The DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILLION of The Music Center of Los Angeles, the home of The Los Angeles Philharmonic since December 1964.
He is the second largest ticket seller in the history of Los Angeles, California's GREEK AMPHITHEATRE which was opened in September of 1930 and has given over 75 concerts at this venue; In honor of this achievement, he was inducted into the amphitheatre's WALL OF FAME in July 1995.
With LP & CD album sales exceeding 180.0 million, Johnny Mathis ranks third in total record sales (after Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley) among solo male performers whose careers predate 1960.
His 1957 recording of "CHANCES ARE" on Columbia Records was inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME in 1998; listed as a "Traditional Pop Single". (Music by Robert Allen / Lyrics by Al Stillman)
His 1959 recording of "MISTY" on Columbia Records was inducted into the GRAMMY HALL OF FAME in 2002; listed as a "Traditional Pop Single". (Music by Erroll Garner / Lyrics by Johnny Burke)
On 23 February 2003 he received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
As of 2005 his albums JOHNNY'S GREATEST HITS & MERRY CHRISTMAS, both released in 1958, have been in print for 47 years.
Although Jon Mat Records, Inc. (Mathis' company) produces and holds sound copyright to his recordings, his recordings have been distributed by Columbia Records longer than any recording artist in the record label's history.


Mathis has often recorded TWO or more* versions of the same song exclusive of Live recorded versions. Here is a list of USA released songs that he has recorded more than once using entirely different arrangements (research compiled by & from editor's personal & complete USA-issued Mathis album discography, ASCAP & BMI databases):


Season 24

Danny Kaye, Johnny Mathis, Minnie Pearl
WatchedS24E10: Danny Kaye, Johnny Mathis, Minnie Pearl
Aired: Sun, 1970-11-22
A Salute to Richard Rodgers (broadcast from the Hollywood Bowl). Guests: --Johnny Mathis - "My Funny Valentine" --Johnny Mathis & the Lennon Sisters - "Johnny One Note" --'Mama' Cass Elliott - "The Girlfriend" --Johnny Mathis...

Season 22

The Rolan Brothers
WatchedS22E13: The Rolan Brothers
Aired: Sun, 1969-01-05
Live From Circus Circus in Las VegasMusic: --The Chambers Brothers - medley: "I Can't Turn You Loose," "People Get Ready" & "Time Has Come Today." --Gina Lollobrigida with dancers - "Walking Happy" (lyrics: "The Kind Of Walk ...
Sly and the Family Stone
WatchedS22E12: Sly and the Family Stone
Aired: Sun, 1968-12-29
Music: --Diana Ross & the Supremes perform "Love Child," "I'm Livin' in Shame" and "I Get a Kick Out of You." --Henry Mancini and his Orchestra - "Conquest." --Johnny Mathis - sings "Moment to Moment" and a medley of Latin so...

Season 21

Johnny Mathis, The Buckinghams
WatchedS21E20: Johnny Mathis, The Buckinghams
Aired: Sun, 1968-01-21
Music: --Johnny Mathis - "Get Out of Town" & "At the Crossroads." --Lana Cantrell - "On the Good Ship Lollipop" & "Shadows of Our Love."Broadway: --Melvyn Douglas and Pert Kelton perform a scene from the comedy "Spofford."Com...
The Turtles, Joan Rivers
WatchedS21E10: The Turtles, Joan Rivers
Aired: Sun, 1967-11-12
Music: --The Turtles - "Happy Together" & "She's My Girl." --Johnny Mathis - "Sleigh Ride" & "Up-Up, and Away." --Lana Cantrell sings "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Love Is Stronger Far Than We."Comedy: --Joan Rivers (stand-u...

Season 20

George Carlin, Mel Tormé
WatchedS20E20: George Carlin, Mel Tormé
Aired: Sun, 1967-01-29
Music: --The Lovin' Spoonful - "Nashville Cats" & "Darlin' Be Home Soon." --Ginger Rogers - "Before The Parade Passes By" (song from "Hello Dolly") --Johnny Mathis - medley of hits: "It's Not For Me To Say," "Twelfth Of Never...
Johnny Mathis, Stiller and Meara
WatchedS20E19: Johnny Mathis, Stiller and Meara
Aired: Sun, 1967-01-22
Music: --The Rolling Stones - "Ruby Tuesday" & "Let's Spend Some Time Together" (censored version of "Let's Spend the Night Together"). --Petula Clark - "Elusive Butterfly" & "Color My World." --Sisters of St. Benedict (Nuns ...

Season 19

Johnny Mathis, Jean Carroll
WatchedS19E11: Johnny Mathis, Jean Carroll
Aired: Sun, 1965-11-21
Music: --Johnny Mathis sings a medley from "On A Clear Day" (including "Come Back to Me," "Melinda" and "On a Clear Day..."). --Heidi Brühl (German singer & actress) - sings "Wonderful" and "I Could Have Danced All Night." -...

Season 15

Rip Taylor, Johnny Mathis
WatchedS15E33: Rip Taylor, Johnny Mathis
Aired: Sun, 1962-04-29
Guests: --Johnny Mathis (singer) - "Marianna," "Love, Look Away" & "Love" --The McGuire Sisters - "You're Driving Me Crazy" & "That's a Plenty" --Jackie Mason (comedian) --Rip Taylor (comedian) --Guy Marks (comedian) --Brasc...
Jackie Mason, Sophie Tucker
WatchedS15E11: Jackie Mason, Sophie Tucker
Aired: Sun, 1961-11-26
Scheduled guests: --Richard Boone (actor) --Jackie Mason (comedian) --Sophie Tucker (singer) --Gloria Lynn (singer) --Deedy and Bill (novelty singers)

Season 14

Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee
WatchedS14E03: Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee
Aired: Sun, 1960-10-16
Broadcast from San Francisco (the 1st in Sullivan's "See America" series): --Peggy Lee - "I Love Being Here with You," "Yes Indeed" & "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)" --Johnny Mathis --the Dave Brubeck Quartet --Mort Sah...

Season 13

Johnny Mathis, Gracie Fields
WatchedS13E08: Johnny Mathis, Gracie Fields
Aired: Sun, 1959-11-08
Guests: --Johnny Mathis - "Witchcraft," "The Best Of Everything" and "Misty" --The Barry Sisters (vocal group) - "Who's Sorry Now" & "I'm A Fool To Want You" --Gracie Fields - sings "Volare" (comic version of song), "Donkey"...

Season 12

Johnny Mathis, Rod Steiger
WatchedS12E32: Johnny Mathis, Rod Steiger
Aired: Sun, 1959-04-26
Guests include: --Johnny Mathis - "Lover," "Someone" & "From This Moment" --Rod Steiger - performs a scene from "Roshomon" (Samurai sword fight) --On film: Clip from "Al Capone" starring Rod Steiger --Henny Youngman (stand-up...
Esther Williams, Johnny Mathis
WatchedS12E07: Esther Williams, Johnny Mathis
Aired: Sun, 1958-10-26
Guests: --Esther Williams (guest host) --Lisa Kirk - "Anything Goes"--Bob Hammond's Birds--Johnny Mathis - "The Lady Is A Tramp" & "Call Me"--The Martin Brothers (South American juggling act) - Esther Williams assists the ju...

Season 10

Polly Bergen, Jean Carroll, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis
WatchedS10E38: Polly Bergen, Jean Carroll, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis
Aired: Mon, 1957-06-17
--Johnny Mathis - "It's Not For Me To Say" --Rusty Draper - "Freight Train"--John Raitt - soliloquy from "Carousel" --Polly Bergen - "Can't Help Lovin' that Man" & "Just in Time" --Victor Julian & Pets (trained animal act wit...