Feelings (Johnny Mathis album)

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Feelings (Johnny Mathis album)
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Traditional pop
Vocal pop[1]
Length 35:26
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[2]
Johnny Mathis chronology
When Will I See You Again
(1975)
Feelings
(1975)
I Only Have Eyes for You
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Feelings is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in the fall of 1975 by Columbia Records. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated November 8, 1975, and remained there for 21 weeks, peaking at number 97.[3] It received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on December 30, 1980.[4]

The first single from the album, "Stardust", entered Billboard's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening songs in the US in the issue of the magazine dated November 29, 1975, and peaked at number four over the course of 12 weeks.[5] "One Day in Your Life" was released as the follow-up and entered that same chart in the March 13, 1976, issue, eventually getting as high as number 36 during its five weeks there.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "One Day in Your Life" (Renée Armand, Samuel F. Brown III) – 4:14
  2. "Stardust" (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 3:27
  3. "What I Did for Love" (Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) – 2:44
  4. "Midnight Blue" (Melissa Manchester, Carole Bayer Sager) – 3:34
  5. "The Greatest Gift" (Hal David, Henry Mancini) – 2:49

Side 2

  1. "99 Miles from L.A." (Hal David, Albert Hammond) – 3:35
  2. "Hurry Mother Nature" (Jerry Fuller) – 3:24
  3. "Feelings" (Morris Albert, Loulou Gasté) – 3:28
  4. "That's All She Wrote" (Jerry Fuller) – 3:38
  5. "Solitaire" (Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody) – 4:33

Song information[edit]

The histories of some of the selections that Mathis made for this album are quite varied. Michael Jackson recorded "One Day in Your Life" before this album was released in 1975,[6] but the song was not available as a single until 1981.[7] "Stardust" reached the charts 15 times through various recordings between 1930 and 1943.[8] Jack Jones had a number 25 Easy Listening hit with "What I Did for Love", which originated in the 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line.[9] Melissa Manchester's "Midnight Blue" spent two weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart[10] in addition to reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]

"The Greatest Gift" was performed by an unnamed chorus for the soundtrack of the 1975 film The Return of the Pink Panther.[12] Albert Hammond's "99 Miles from L.A." is another number one Easy Listening hit[13] that Mathis covers here, although the song only managed a number 91 showing on the pop chart.[14] "Feelings" by Morris Albert fared much better on the Hot 100, making it to number six,[15] in addition to peaking at number two Easy Listening[16] and number four UK[17] and receiving Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[18] And "Solitaire" had its best chart performance in the US as a number one Easy Listening hit for The Carpenters[19] that also got as high as number 17 pop,[20] but their number 32 performance with the song on the UK singles chart in 1975[21] fell far short of the number four position that Andy Williams attained with his version on that same chart two years earlier.[22]

Personnel[2][edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Feelings - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b (1975) Feelings by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 33887.
  3. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  4. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Johnny Mathis
  5. ^ a b Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  6. ^ (1975) Forever, Michael by Michael Jackson [album jacket]. Los Angeles: Motown Records M6-825.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 479.
  8. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 584.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 143.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 170.
  11. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 609.
  12. ^ (1975) Blake Edwards' The Return of the Pink Panther by Henry Mancini [album jacket]. New York: RCA Records ABL1-0968.
  13. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 118.
  14. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 422.
  15. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 30.
  16. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 7.
  17. ^ "Morris Albert". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  18. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Morris Albert
  19. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 44.
  20. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 162.
  21. ^ "Carpenters". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Andy Williams". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898200830 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-160-8 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents Billboard Top Adult Songs, 1961-2006, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201691 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-180-2 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7