Johnny's Mood

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Johnny's Mood
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1960
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Producer Mitch Miller
Johnny Mathis chronology
The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway
(1960)
Johnny's Mood
(1960)
I'll Buy You a Star
(1961)

Johnny's Mood is the thirteenth album released by Johnny Mathis. It is the eleventh original studio album recorded by him (two hit singles compilations "Johnny's Greatest Hits" and "More Johnny's Greatest Hits" were among his album releases to this point).

Overview[edit]

Continuing with the winning formula of recording lush, romantic ballads, the album was produced under the musical direction of Glenn Osser who worked with Mathis on his previous album The Rhythms and Ballads of Broadway. The songs on the album range from standards and film songs through to less well known material resulting in an individual and interesting mix.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life" - 3:35
  2. "Stay Warm" - 3:13
  3. "There's No You" - 3:55
  4. "How High the Moon" - 3:22
  5. "I'm So Lost" - 3:52
  6. "Once" - 3:47
  7. "Goodnight My Love" - 3:42
  8. "The Folks Who Live On the Hill" - 3:50
  9. "April in Paris" - 3:35
  10. "Corner to Corner" - 3:05
  11. "In Return" - 3:27
  12. "I'm in the Mood for Love" - 5:00

Billboard Album Chart[edit]

This album was the twelfth consecutive Johnny Mathis album to chart, peaking at #4 on the Billboard album chart in its original release.[1]

Highlights[edit]

Of the songs on the album, several are associated with other singers and it seems fascinating to hear Mathis' take on them and how well they compare with the work of others. For example, "The Folks Who Live On the Hill" is closely associated with Peggy Lee while "How High the Moon" was a fixture in the repertoires of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and June Christy. Fitzgerald had scored an early hit with her version of "Goodnight My Love" which was first heard in the 1936 Shirley Temple film "Stowaway" where it was sung by Alice Faye who also introduced "I'm in the Mood for Love" in the 1935 film "Every Night at Eight". "There's No You" had previously been recorded by Frank Sinatra as had "April in Paris" which in turn has been recorded by countless singers over the years and is often remembered for the classic version recorded by Count Basie. In all, Mathis gives his customary polished performances of these well known songs imbuing each with his own style.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Album Chart Billboard Album Chart Position

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