Love Story (Johnny Mathis album)

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Love Story
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released February 1971
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Producer Robert Mersey
Johnny Mathis chronology
Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert
Love Story
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Love Story is the 35th original studio album released by singer Johnny Mathis.


This is an adult contemporary/pop album that features Mathis performing cover versions of recent hit songs and film theme songs. Musical direction is provided by Perry Botkin, Jr. and Robert Mersey.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" - 2:45
  2. "Rose Garden" - 2:51
  3. "Ten Times Forever" - 2:36
  4. "It's Impossible" - 3:00
  5. "I Was There" - 2:26
  6. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" - 3:00
  7. "We've Only Just Begun" - 3:05
  8. "Traces" - 2:45
  9. "For the Good Times" - 3:42
  10. "My Sweet Lord" - 3:16
  11. "Loss of Love" - 2:51

Billboard charts[edit]

The album peaked at #47 on the Billboard album chart, Mathis' 41st album to place on the chart.[1] He also scored a hit single from the album with "Ten Times Forever More" reaching #30 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.[2]


Over the years, Mathis has frequently recorded the music of Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach and the lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The work of these music greats is heard on this album. Bacharach's "Ten Times Forever More" features the lyrics of frequent collaborator Hal David while the Bergmans' lyrics are set to Michel LeGrand's haunting music on "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" the theme to the 1969 film The Happy Ending. The 1970 film Sunflower featured the song "Loss of Love" while the title track is also from a film, 1970's Love Story, and was a hit for Andy Williams.

Among the contemporary hits covered here are "We've Only Just Begun" a #2 hit in 1970 for The Carpenters while "My Sweet Lord" was a #1 hit in 1971 for George Harrison. "Rose Garden" was a #3 hit for Lynne Anderson while "For the Good Times" topped the country charts for its composer Kris Kristofferson and surprisingly, "It's Impossible" was a top ten hit in 1970 for Perry Como.


  1. ^ All Music Billboard Album Chart Position
  2. ^ Johnny Mathis Hit Singles Billboard Singles Chart Positions

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