Good Night, Dear Lord

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Good Night, Dear Lord
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1958
Recorded January 2-6, 1958
Genre Religious
Length 41:47
Label Columbia
Producer Mitch Miller, Al Ham
Johnny Mathis chronology
Good Night, Dear Lord
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Good Night, Dear Lord is the fourth studio album by vocalist Johnny Mathis. The UK Fontana LP release was re-titled Heavenly


The album is a deeply felt collection of religious songs sung with proper reverence by the 22 year old singer. It is noteworthy for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is unlike any of Mathis' other studio albums in that it is made up solely of religious music. Although he would include some religious music on his subsequent holiday albums, this is the only time in his career that he would release an album exclusively of this genre. Secondly, this is the first album to feature Mathis singing classical music, notably the works of Gounod and Schubert. Further, he sings songs that represent a number of faiths and in a number of languages, showing his range and versatility as a singer. Finally, the album inspired Barbra Streisand in selecting songs for her 1997 album Higher Ground. Streisand, a longtime Mathis fan, included both "Deep River" and "One God" on her album, songs she first heard as sung by Mathis on this album.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Good Night, Dear Lord" - 3:30
  2. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" - 3:48
  3. "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You" - 3:47
  4. "I Heard a Forest Praying" - 3:10
  5. "The Rosary" - 2:21
  6. "One God" - 3:48
  7. "Deep River" - 2:49
  8. "Where Can I Go" - 3:36
  9. "Eli Eli" - 4:29
  10. "Kol Nidre" - 2:56
  11. "Ave Maria" - 4:34
  12. "Ave Maria" - 2:59

Billboard album chart[edit]

The album's sales proved Mathis' continuing popularity peaking at #10 on the Billboard album chart in its original release.[1]


  1. ^ All Music Billboard Album Chart Position

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