Sunday, September 30th: Chances Are … we’re wishing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JOHNNY MATHIS.
Johnny Mathis was born September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas. His family later moved to San Francisco. Wikipedia reports “At San Francisco State, Mathis had gained fame as a high jumper and in early 1956, he had been asked to attend the trials for the 1956 Olympic teams that would travel to Melbourne, Australia that summer. Mathis now had to decide whether to go to the Olympic tryouts, or to keep an appointment in New York to make his first recordings, which were subsequently released in 1956. With his father’s advice, Mathis opted for a recording career.”
Thank you Clem Mathis for encouraging your son’s musical career. We’ve enjoyed over fifty years of music, including hits such as It’s Not for Me to Say, Misty, Chances Are, The Twelfth of Never, and my own favorite, his hit with Deniece Williams, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.