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16 Most Requested Songs

Johnny MathisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas to Clem and 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 who taught him his first song, “My Blue Heaven”. At age eight, his father purchased an old upright piano for $25. When he ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Mathis Store

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  • Audio CD (January 10, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 10, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000265P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Chances Are
2. It's Not For Me To Say
3. Misty
4. Wild Is The Wind
5. Wonderful! Wonderful!
6. Maria
7. The Twelfth Of Never
8. Small World
9. Evergreen (Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born')
10. Love Theme From 'Romeo And Juliet'
11. What Will My Mary Say
12. When Sunny Gets Blue
13. A Certain Smile
14. (Where Do I Begin) Love Story (From 'Love Story')
15. Didn't We
16. Gina

Editorial Reviews

It's been suggested that almost as many baby boomers were conceived to the romantic sounds of Johnny Mathis's voice as to Sinatra's--and when you consider that Johnny's Greatest Hits stayed on Billboard's Top 40 chart for 178 weeks beginning in '58 (that's more than twice as long as Dark Side of the Moon, folks!), it's easy to understand why. Sony has used this "16 Most Requested" routine on a number of their easy-listening vocalists (including Sinatra and Andy Williams), but this one is special in that it takes the cream of Mathis's Greatest Hits album and rounds it out with his 1970s take on several movie theme hits, including Love Story and Romeo & Juliet. A truly unique and romantic sound. --Bill Holdship

Product Description

"Chances Are" you've heard some of these before: It's Not for Me to Say; The Twelfth of Never; Misty; Wonderful! Wonderful! , and more.

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Most 1950S crooners played (and lived, to a degree) the life of martini-mixing men of the world. Johnny Mathis, here with 16 of his greatest hits, gained his strength and fame from naivete'.
Handsome, athletic, gifted with pipes the timbre of Ella Fitzgerald's, Mathis and orchestral collaborators Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, Frank DeVol, and Glenn Osser crafted sparsely orchestrated, delicately sung hits celebrating love's opening moments. Mathis sings convincingly of love's discovery ("Gina," "Maria," the oh-so-good "Small World.") and fear of the unknown ("Chances Are," "It's Not For Me To Say," the definitive vocal "Misty," featuring music's most romantic introduction). Teenagers fell for this music which shared, at best, a thread with rock n' roll; Mathis sung the confusion and exhiliration they felt, only more tenderly.
The 60s-70s film songs (themes from "Star is Born," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Love Story," plus Jimmy Webb's "Didn't We") are well-sung, romantically done filler. They keep up the album's romantic mood, but lack the drama (and bombast)of the Streisand/Williams originals. Better to hear "Wonderful, Wonderful" and even the hokey "What Would My Mary Say?" for the jazz singer Johnny Mathis might have become but (fortunately, for him and us), did not. A classy set, and highly recommended.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis's Voice Keeps Me Going January 22, 2001
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I have almost every album of Johnny Mathis, as well as the "16 Most Requested Songs by Johnny Mathis." Since my husband passed away this past year, and he also loved to hear Johnny sing, I listen to him on CD every morning before I go to work, and as soon as I come home from work. His beautiful voice (with so much sweetness in it) just makes my day and he is just unique. I like many singers, but Johnny Mathis is the very best. One of my biggest wishes is to meet Johnny Mathis in person one day.
Last fall my brother drove me to San Antonio, TX, to hear him in concert at the Magestic Theater. Of course, it was a tremendous thrill for me to hear and see him in person. He is just the best of all, and I love him -- I thank him for being him.
Johnny Mathis, having the voice that he does, has to be a very kind and sweet person. I just love him, and his voice fills a void in my heart.
Thank you, Johnny.
Marcia Hendricks
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Wonderful! May 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
"The world is full of wondrous things, it's true
But they wouldn't have much meaning without you
Some quiet evening I sit by your side
And we're lost in a world of our own
I feel the glow of your unspoken love
I'm aware of the treasure that I own
And I say to myself
It's wonderful, wonderful
Oh, so wonderful, my love"

One of the most simple pleasures one can have in this busy world we live in - the age of BlackBerrys - is to snatch some precious and quiet moments to go back in time and experience the charms of the old world through this mesmerizing and soothing music of Johnny Mathis, one of my very favorite singers of all-time.

I always enjoy listening to these sixteen most requested songs from the opener "Chances Are" to the final track "Gina." My favorites include "Misty," "It's Not For Me To Say," "Wild Is The Wind," "A Certain Smile," "When Sunny Gets Blue," "Didn't We" and "Wonderful! Wonderful," a beautiful composition by Ben Raleigh and Sherman Edwards, which Howard Garwood singled out on Liner Notes as the song that the "Mathis Formula" was born. And that formula is the mixture of his "crystal-clear diction, the intimate throb that seems to speak personally to every woman in the audience, and the almost ethereal and technically perfect use of the upper register." Amen to that! He said it perfectly. I would add that Mr. Mathis is the epitome of an exceptional singer and he delivers so well in all his recordings.

Listen to this CD if you want to escape momentarily from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In this so very busy world, who isn't guilty of putting make-up on while driving to work in the morning?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mathis the Master June 12, 2000
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This album contains the classical Mathis selections, the ones we know him for. It also has some wonderful cuts of songs known from other artists that Johnny records in his own style. Any Mathis fan, in fact any lover of popular music will delight in this album. A hint - listen for the transition from clarinet to Johnny's voice in Misty. It is exquisite!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The appeal of Johnny Mathis is still very strong November 12, 1999
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There can never be enough romance. The beautiful music and incomparable of delivery of Johnny Mathis confirm romance will never die. This collection has so many beautiful songs that still tug at the heart strings. His sound has endured beyond many of the pop singers of his day and many subsequent singers. This is a great tribute to a great vocalist
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Johnny Mathis had--and still has--an unusual amount of talent; and this CD offers us an excellent assortment of his most requested songs. The quality of the sound is excellent; and Johnny's voice is strong, vibrant and full of energy.

The CD boasts many of Mathis' greatest hits including "Chances Are;" "It's Not For Me To Say;" "Wonderful! Wonderful!;" and "A Certain Smile." Johnny Mathis delivers these romantic ballads with a smooth, velvety voice that makes them more beautiful than most crooners ever could have done. The musical arrangements are all very well constructed.

There are other songs on this CD which, while they are lesser known successes for Mathis, remain great examples of how Johnny made a song so very special with his incredible voice. He performs the song "Evergreen" with great sensitivity; and I especially like the ballad entitled "Misty." There's also the angst-ridden song about a lost love entitled "Didn't We."

Howard Garwood contributes an excellent essay about Johnny's life and career in the liner notes. The lyrics aren't there but you'll hardly need them anyway: Johnny Mathis sings so well with that crystal-clear diction of his that you'll never wonder what he's singing! Terrific!

Johnny Mathis remains one of the greatest American singers of the 20th century. His talents can never be forgotten because his sensitive renditions of all of his songs were flawless. I highly recommend this CD for fans of classic pop vocals. May you get this CD and enjoy it over and over again as I did! SMILE
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Johnny
Nothing so smooth as a Johnny Mathis CD. Many memories!
Published 1 day ago by J. Morgan
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Published 3 days ago by patti funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 14 days ago by con825
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favorite of my youth.
I remember going to a Johnny Mathis concert in Albuquerque, NM when I was about 18. I think he is only about 3 years older than I, because he was very young. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jennifer Scribner
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Johnny Go!
I have purchased this collection of Johnny Mathis' music two times. I lost the first CD when I was moving. To show you how much I love this CD, I purchased it again. Read more
Published 26 days ago by krankenhaus 63
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I ordered it for me I liked some of his songs thank you very much Carolyn smith the cd was great
Published 1 month ago by Carolyn
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Can't say enough good things about Johnny Mathis. I have been a fan of his for more than 50 years and his performance in NJ has re-inspired me to listen to more of his recordings. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Clara J. Fahy
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mathis
Acquired solely to duplicate my vinyls-to-digital collection. Unable to find MP3 of FAITHFULLY, but this has almost all same songs. It will do.
Published 2 months ago by I. Reny
5.0 out of 5 stars Super DVD!
I have been a Johnny Mathis fan all my life and this DVD encompasses some of his greatest songs. His voice is magical and the lyrics are so romantic; a great choice for a lover of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Otterman
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 Most Requested Songs
ordered this for my daughter Gina because we both love the music of Johnny Mathis and especially because the last song on the CD is entitled "Gina". Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rose
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