He was the fourth of seven children born to Clement and Mildred Mathis. His father performed briefly in vaudeville and exposed all of the Mathis siblings to music. Before he entered his teens, young John received vocal lessons from Connie Cox in exchange for performing chores around her home. When he...See full bio »
(performer: "On a Wonderful Day Like Today", "Misty", "Maria", "Tonight", "Marshmallow World", "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "The Sounds of Christmas", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "The Sweetheart Tree", "Moon River", "Hey Look Me Over", "O Holy Night")
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Mathis has had a string of hits, all on Columbia records, stretching from the 1950s through the 1980s and beyond. Hit singles include "It's Not For Me to Say," "Chances Are," "Wonderful! Wonderful!," "A Certain Smile," "Misty," "Gina," "What Will Mary Say?," and "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" (Duet with Denise Williams)...
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