Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits

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Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1972
Recorded 1956-1971
Genre AM pop
Early pop/rock
Vocal pop[1]
Length 59:29
Label Columbia
Johnny Mathis chronology
The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)
(1972)
Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits
(1972)
Song Sung Blue
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Billboard 5/5 stars[2]

Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in the spring of 1972 by Columbia Records and, despite its title, overlooks a good number of his Top 40 hits ("No Love (But Your Love)", "Teacher, Teacher", "Call Me", "Someone", "Starbright", "Every Step of the Way")[3] in favor of his singles that didn’t make the Billboard Hot 100 ("Venus", "Misty Roses", "If We Only Have Love") and album tracks that weren’t released as singles ("When Sunny Gets Blue", "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story", "My Funny Valentine"). The album made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated June 24, 1972, and remained there for 15 weeks, peaking at number 141.[4] It received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America on July 9, 1976, and Platinum certification was awarded on November 21, 1986.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "A Certain Smile" (Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:47
  2. "When Sunny Gets Blue" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 2:41
  3. "Small World" (Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne) – 3:18
  4. "Misty" (Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner) – 3:34
  5. "Chances Are" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:03

Side 2

  1. "Venus" (Ed Marshall) – 2:36
  2. "Maria" (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim) – 3:45
  3. "Misty Roses" (Tim Hardin) – 2:39
    • Robert Mersey - arranger, conductor, producer[9]
  4. "Gina" (Leon Carr, Paul Vance) – 2:46
  5. "What Will Mary Say" (Eddie Snyder, Paul Vance) – 3:09

Side 3

  1. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (Francis Lai, Carl Sigman) – 2:46
  2. "If We Only Have Love" (Eric Blau, Jacques Brel, Mort Shuman) – 3:16
  3. "My Funny Valentine" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:33
  4. "Come to Me" (Robert Allen, Peter Lind Hayes) – 3:05
  5. "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)" (Larry Kusik, Nino Rota, Eddie Snyder) – 2:58


Side 4

  1. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" (Sherman Edwards, Donald Meyer, Ben Raleigh) – 2:50
  2. "All the Time" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 2:44
  3. "The Twelfth of Never" (Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster) – 2:28
  4. "Wild Is the Wind" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 2:26
  5. "It's Not for Me to Say" (Robert Allen, Al Stillman) – 3:05

Billboard & UK singles chart positions[edit]

Pre-Hot 100 era singles[edit]

Song Chart debut Best Sellers in Stores[3] Most Played by Jockeys[3] Top 100[3] R&B Best Sellers in Stores[15] R&B Most Played by Jockeys[15] UK [16]
"Wonderful! Wonderful!" February 9, 1957 18 14 17 - - -
"It's Not for Me to Say" April 29, 1957 6 5 5 - - -
"Chances Are" September 16, 1957 4 1 (1 week) 5 12 15 -
"The Twelfth of Never" October 14, 1957 4 9 51 - - -
"Wild Is the Wind" December 16, 1957 30 22 37 - - -
"Come to Me" February 10, 1958 40 22 43 - - -
"All the Time" April 21, 1958 30 21 42 - - -
"A Certain Smile" June 30, 1958 21 14 19 - - 4


Hot 100 era singles[edit]

Song US chart debut Hot
100
[17]
Easy
Listening
[18]
R&B[15] UK chart
debut
UK singles
chart[16]
"Small World" June 15, 1959 20
"Misty" October 5, 1959 12 10 January 29, 1960 12
"Maria" May 30, 1960 78
"Maria" (reissue) December 11, 1961 88
"Gina" September 22, 1962 6 2 (three weeks)
"What Will Mary Say" January 26, 1963 9 3 (three weeks) 21 April 4, 1963 49
"Misty Roses" September 16, 1967 40
"Venus" June 22, 1968 111 23
"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (A Time for Us)" July 5, 1969 96

Personnel[edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Mort Goode – liner notes
  • Anne Garner – cover design
  • Beverly Parker – photos
  • Jay Flammer – lettering

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits - Johnny Mathis", allmusic.com (Rovi Corporation), retrieved 14 January 2013 
  2. ^ "Album Reviews", Billboard, 1972-06-17: 67 
  3. ^ a b c d Whitburn 2009, pp. 627–628.
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  5. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Johnny Mathis
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  7. ^ a b c d (2006) Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records 82876 88583 2.
  8. ^ (1968) Love Is Blue by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9637.
  9. ^ (1967) Up, Up and Away by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9526.
  10. ^ a b (1971) Love Story by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C 30499.
  11. ^ a b c (1971) You've Got a Friend by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C 30740.
  12. ^ a b c d e (1959) Open Fire, Two Guitars by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 8056.
  13. ^ a b (1969) Love Theme from "Romeo and Juliet" (A Time for Us) by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CS 9909.
  14. ^ (1958) "All the Time/Teacher, Teacher" by Johnny Mathis [7-inch single]. New York: Columbia Records 4-41152.
  15. ^ a b c Whitburn 2004, p. 383.
  16. ^ a b Johnny Mathis, The Official Charts Company, retrieved 10 April 2013 
  17. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 628.
  18. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 178.

References[edit]

  • 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