Johnny (Johnny Mathis album)
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Johnny is the nineteenth album released by singer Johnny Mathis. It is his fifteenth original studio album with four compilations of hit singles having been released by him at this point.
Collaborating once again with arranger/conductor Don Costa who had scored Rapture the previous year, Mathis is heard in a program of ballads and swingers. As with most of Mathis' albums around this time, the program is made up of well-known standards through to rarer material making for an interesting listening experience.
- "Easy Does It" - 2:08
- "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" - 3:45
- "Miracles" - 2:51
- "(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young" - 3:47
- "Never Never Land" - 4:01
- "Poor Butterfly" - 4:15
- "Jump for Joy" - 2:15
- "Joey, Joey, Joey" - 3:56
- "I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me" - 3:00
- "I Love You" - 3:27
- "A Weaver of Dreams" - 3:13
- "No Man Stands Alone" - 2:35
Billboard Album Chart
At this point, Mathis had recorded many songs by Cole Porter including the composer's work on a number of his previous albums. On this album he sings Porter's "I Love You" in a powerful performance. From Rodgers and Hart's 1935 show "Jumbo" comes "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" in a spirited, uptempo performance that includes the rarely heard verse. Also from Broadway comes "Never Never Land" by Jule Styne with lyrics by Comden and Green from their 1954 musical "Peter Pan". The lyrics of Johnny Mercer are given thoughtful performance on "(Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young" while Sarah Vaughan's 1956 revival of "Poor Butterfly" surely inspired Mathis to record this 1916 popular song based on the story of Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly". The album also includes a lovely version of the standard "I Can't Believe that You're in Love eith Me".
- All Music Billboard Album Chart Position