John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born on September 30, 1935) is an American singer and songwriter. He has had many hit songs. Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas and raised in San Francisco, California. He is openly gay.
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In 1956 Mathis' first album Johnny Mathis was released. Mathis' first single "Wonderful! Wonderful!" was released in 1957. One of his well-known hit songs is "Misty". This song was written in 1954 by a jazz pianist Erroll Garner. Johnny Burke wrote a lyrics later for this melody and became popular as Mathis recorded this song and made public on September 1, 1959. Nowadays "Misty" is considered as one of American standards.
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- Hear Johnny Mathis (music and interviews) on the Pop Chronicles (1969).
- "Chronology". Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
- Johnny Mathis – Misty, retrieved 2020-08-04
- "Johnny Mathis – Misty Lyrics | Genius Lyrics". Written in 1954 by Erroll Garner, this jazz standard’s best-known rendition is Johnny Mathis‘, despite recordings by other giants such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald.CS1 maint: others (link)