Legendary singer Johnny Mathis, celebrating over 60 years as a recording artist, performs his greatest hits such as “Chances Are” and “Misty” as well as his personal favorites March 15 at 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center.
Come hear why Johnny will always be the Voice of Romance!
The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas to Clem & 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 Clem who taught him his first song, “My Blue Heaven”. At age eight, Johnny’s father purchased an old upright piano for $25, which wouldn’t fit through the front door when he brought it home. So that evening, he stayed up all night to watch his father dismantle the piano, move the pieces into the small living room of their basement apartment, and then reassemble it. Clem, 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. He was also a successful track & field athlete, and was offered a chance to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the same week Columbia Records called, so he choose to go to New York to record his first album, which was released on July 16, 1956.