Monday’s Music Moves Me: Johnny Mathis!

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Marie is this month’s guest conductor, even though I’m pretty sure she still runs the whole railroad. Her assignment for today was "your favorite Johnny Mathis songs!"

Well, that’s kind of tough when the only two Johnny Mathis songs you know, "Chances Are" and "Misty," are the two that everybody knows. So, I turned to the one source that I knew could give me a bunch of Johnny Mathis songs and could help me pick ten at random: Spotify. They have a playlist called This Is Johnny Mathis, and I shuffled and played it, and picked the first ten songs I heard. There are a couple of good ones here, a couple of collaborations, you name it, this is what I got.

Here are the songs:

  1. "I’ll Be Easy To Find"
  2. "The Windmills Of Your Mind" (we heard Dusty Springfield do this last week)
  3. "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (a duet with Ray Charles)
  4. "What’ll I Do"
  5. "Love Me Tender"
  6. "Stranger In Paradise"
  7. "All The Time"
  8. "Maria"
  9. "Wild Is The Wind"
  10. "True Love" (with Henry Mancini)

Funny thing: it turns out that I knew many of these, just not his versions.

Anyway, that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 1, 2021.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by Marie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

23 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Johnny Mathis!

  1. I was surprised that I knew as many of his songs as I did – not just his many covers. It could be that my Mom listened to him when I was young and I just picked it up somehow. Listening to these covers, I am more impressed with his singing talents than ever. It’s good background music. You picked some good covers.

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    1. We watch “The Best Of The Ed Sullivan Show” on occasion, and of course he’s on that a lot. One time they had a show dedicated to the shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and he was on that with Cass Elliott (who had a remarkable voice, by the way), Minnie Pearl, John Davidson, and a couple of others I can’t remember. He did a song where he hit one note and held it for some incredible amount of time, like 30 seconds or more. I don’t know how he did it, whether his lungs held that much air or he knew how to circular breathe, but it was quite a feat….

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  2. I recently read somewhere that Frank Sinatra said that a primary goal of his when singing a song was to enunciate every word clearly. Johnny Mathis does this, I think. He has always been one of my favorites.

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  3. Some of these are new to me and some I’ve heard by others. I’ll have to come back and listen more carefully when I finish work. I do like Johnny Mathis. Another one of those guys that makes me think of growing up.

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    1. I recognized a lot of these from elsewhere.

      When you say “makes me think of growing up,” are you saying you’re thinking about when you were growing up? Or are you saying you’re thinking of doing it? I’m assuming the former…

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  4. I know he has a great voice but I am just not one for him. There is a certain style he does with his voice in certain parts that I just …hate. OK, too strong, dislike. In the first song when he sing “easy to Find” The word Find, he sings it in his way which makes me cringe.

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  5. John,

    I enjoyed all of your song picks. I’m not sure I even knew what songs Johnny Mathis did off the top of my head so I found it easier to consult the Internet for some help. The only thing I did know is Mathis has a lovely voice and it really doesn’t matter what he sings, I know it’ll be good. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful playlist!

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    1. This was one of those where I had no idea where to start. I figured people would get “Chances Are” and “Misty” (and one that I forgot, “It’s Not For Me To Say”) so I wanted to avoid them, but those were also the only ones I knew. People seem to have liked when I used Spotify to pick songs, so I just did that. I’m happy you liked it!

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  6. My mothers favorite- I’ve seen him a few times in concert- taking her to see him. I would never sit down and listen to his albums myself but the concerts weren’t bad. He gave the fans what they wanted.

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    1. Right. I couldn’t spend hours listening to him, but occasionally is fine. He has a good voice and, as you say, gives them what they want. You know who else is like that? Barry Manilow.

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