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):