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Jazz singer Johnny Mathis’s suave ballad singing helped him survive the dominance of rock in popular music, and he remained a successful nightclub performer.
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Popular singer, Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, TX, USA. He was the fourth of seven children born to Clem and Mildred Mathis. The family moved to San Francisco when he was young. It was there he displayed a love and aptitude for music. Mathis studied with a voice coach for six years. During college, Mathis sang in a jazz band and later won a recording contract and engagements at prestigious New York clubs after an audition in San Francisco in 1955.
Mathis' suave ballad singing helped him survive the dominance of rock in the popular music industry, and he remained a successful nightclub performer in the USA and Britain. With Dionne Warwick he recorded a favorite hit, "Friends in Love" (1982). The year 2006 marked Mathis' 50th anniversary as a recording artist.
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