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Johnny Mathis Tickets

Johnny MathisJohnny Mathis is one of a mere handful of performers today who truly deserves the "living legend" status. Since his initial impact on the music scene in the mid-1950's, Johnny has maintained a consistently high level of performance, both on recordings and on stage. Through the years, Johnny has demonstrated incredible durability and popularity, enjoying a singing career that is unique in the history of the music business. His rich, velvety-smooth voice has been delighting his listeners over a span of five decades! Johnny's distinguished career, his achievements and accomplishments as an entertainer have influenced and inspired and touched the lives of many of his colleagues and fans throughout the years and throughout the world.

Marking his 46th Anniversary as a Recording Artist in 2002, Johnny Mathis' phenomenal success story is without equal. He has performed for Presidents, Heads of State, Royal Families, and concert-goers in virtually every corner of the globe. While many of his musical contemporaries find their careers waning, Johnny continues to perform, and to enchant his audiences, at the most prestigious concert performance centers, and at the major showrooms in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Johnny holds many records, and has set many precedents in the music industry. In 1958, two years after being signed by Columbia Records, the record company released his fourth album, called it, Johnny's Greatest Hits, and thus began a "Greatest Hits" tradition copied by every other record company since then. Johnny's Greatest Hits went on to become one of the most popular albums of all time, and to spend an unprecedented 490 continuous weeks on the BILLBOARD Top Albums Chart, a record that has been noted in the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS.

According to record historian Joel Whitburn, Johnny is one of only five recording artists who had Top 40 Hits spanning each of the four decades after 1955. Amazingly, his second #1 Hit Single, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," (recorded with Deniece Williams), came almost 21 years after his very first #1 Hit Single, "Chances Are." As Johnny's Hits endure, his music continues to change and to grow with the times. He continues to record one new album annually.

In September of 1995, Johnny performed for the 75th Diamond Anniversary Miss America Pageant, covered "live" on network television throughout the United States, and the world, from Atlantic City. In Los Angeles, in July of 1995, Johnny performed his 77th concert at the famous Greek Theatre, and was honored by being inducted into their "Wall of Fame," as the second biggest ticket seller in the long history of this amphitheatre.

John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935, in Gilmer, Texas. The son of Clem and Mildred Mathis, he was the fourth of their seven children, and grew up in San Francisco, California. When Johnny was a small boy, the large family lived in a basement apartment on Post Street, and it was there that he learned an appreciation of music from his father who taught him his first songs. Clem had worked for a time in vaudeville back in the 1920's, and he encouraged all of his children to sing. When Johnny was eight years old, Clem brought home and old upright piano that he had purchased for about $25 and he began teaching his young son songs and routines. Whenever visitors came to the Mathis home, Clem would have Johnny sing for them.

Johnny was 13 years old when Clem took him to see Connie Cox, a Bay Area voice teacher, who agreed to take on the youngster in exchange for his doing odd jobs around her house. Johnny studied with Connie for six years, learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production, classical and operatic skills. Johnny sang in church, at school functions, at community events and amateur shows all over San Francisco. At George Washington High School, Johnny was not only a very popular student, well known for his singing abilities, he also became a star athlet