Love Is Blue (Johnny Mathis album)
|Love Is Blue|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Love Is Blue is the 28th original studio album released by singer Johnny Mathis. It was his second album upon returning to Columbia Records after a four year sojourn with Mercury Records. He would continue to record for Columbia from this point in his career onwards.
The album continues in the same vein as Mathis' previous album with Columbia Records incorporating cover versions of contemporary song hits and movie themes. Indeed, it contains an unusually high quota of covers of songs that had been huge hits for other artists. As with his previous album, this set was scored by Robert Mersey.
- "I Say a Little Prayer"
- "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"
- "The Look of Love"
- "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart"
- "Here, There and Everywhere"
- "Never My Love"
- "Moon River"
- "Walk On By"
- "Love Is Blue"
This album peaked at #44 on the Billboard album chart, Mathis' 32nd album to place on the chart. It also placed on the Top R&B Albums chart, peaking at #26. Mathis also enjoyed a hit single from the album with "Venus" peaking at #111 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #23 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
The title track was a #1 instrumental hit for Paul Mauriat in 1967 having been introduced that year at the Eurovision Song Contest where it placed second. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" was written by Jimmy Webb and was a #2 Country Hit for Glen Campbell in 1968. "Walk On By" was a #6 hit for Dionne Warwick in 1964 while "Venus" had been a #1 hit for Frankie Avalon in 1959. Mathis also dips into The Beatles songbook for "Here, There and Everywhere".
Mathis includes two movie themes on the album. "Moon River" was the Academy Award winning song for 1961 having been introduced in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. It has long been associated with Andy Williams. "The Look of Love" was featured in the 1967 film Casino Royale where it was heard on the soundtrack sung by Dusty Springfield.