Love Is Everything (Johnny Mathis album)
|Love Is Everything|
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Producer||Johnny Mathis, Al Ham|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
After the experimentation with his masterful last album Olé, Mathis returned to more familiar musical ground with this album a solid collection of ballads originating from Broadway, films and the great American songbook. As was generally the case with his albums at this time, some less well-known material was included. The album was under the musical direction of Glenn Osser who had scored a number of the singer's albums for Columbia Records. This was their first album collaboration for Mercury Records.
- "Never Let Me Go" - 2:31
- "People" - 3:08
- "A Thousand Blue Bubbles" - 2:40
- "Love Is Everything" - 2:56
- "Young and Foolish" - 3:40
- "An Affair to Remember" - 2:42
- "Come Ride the Wind with Me" - 3:01
- "Go Away Little Girl" - 3:19
- "Dancing in the Dark" - 2:52
- "Long Ago (And Far Away)" - 3:42
- "This Is All I Ask" - 4:04
- "One More Mountain" - 2:24
Billboard Album Chart
As with many of his previous albums, Mathis looked to Broadway and Hollywood for musical inspiration on this album. The 1964 show "Funny Girl helped to propel Barbra Streisand to superstardom. From its score he included "People", a song that would become one of Streisand's signature tunes. "Dancing in the Dark" was first heard in the 1931 review "The Band Wagon", though today it is remembered as underscoring one of the finest on screen dances by Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in the 1953 film of the same name. Hollywood also provided "Never Let Me Go" from the 1953 film of the same name and "Long Ago (And Far Away)" from 1944's "Cover Girl" which starred Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly. The song, with music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, has gone on to become a standard.
"This Is All I Ask" is the work of arranger/conductor Gordon Jenkins. Originally written for Nat King Cole it is best remembered by the version recorded by Frank Sinatra in the same year as the Mathis version for the album "September of My Years". "Go Away Little Girl" is the work of Gerry Goffin and Carole King and was a 1962 hit for Steve Lawrence.
- All Music Billboard Album Chart Position