Mathis Magic

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Mathis Magic
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1979
Recorded 1979 at
A&M Recording Studios,
Hollywood, California[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 41:03
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
The Best Days of My Life
(1978)
Mathis Magic
(1979)
Tears and Laughter
(1980)

Mathis Magic is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in September 1979 by Columbia Records.[3] While it did not make any appearances on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart, it did reach number 59 during a four-week run on the UK album chart.[4] On December 31 of that year the British Phonographic Industry awarded the album with Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units in the UK.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "No One but the One You Love" (Cheryl Christiansen, Arnold Goland, Jack Gold) – 3:14
  2. "Night and Day" (Cole Porter) – 5:03
  3. "Love" (Gerard Kenny, Drey Shepperd) – 3:48
  4. "My Body Keeps Changing My Mind" (Leslie Pearl) – 3:42
  5. "New York State of Mind" (Billy Joel) – 5:18

Side 2

  1. "She Believes in Me" (Steve Gibb) – 4:22
  2. "That Old Black Magic" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 5:43
  3. "You Saved My Life" performed with Stephanie Lawrence (Chris Arnold, Geoff Morrow) – 2:50
  4. "To the Ends of the Earth" (Joe Sherman, Noel Sherman) – 2:53
  5. "Heart, Soul, Body and Mind" (Ben Peters) – 4:10

Song information[edit]

Leo Reisman & His Orchestra's recording of "Night and Day" with Fred Astaire on vocal spent 10 weeks at number one in Billboard magazine in 1933.[6] Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" first appeared on his 1976 album Turnstiles.[7] "She Believes in Me" by Kenny Rogers received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America[8] after reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100[8] and spending two weeks at number one on the magazine's Adult Contemporary[9] and Country[10] charts. Glenn Miller & His Orchestra's version of "That Old Black Magic", which featured Skip Nelson and The Modernaires on vocal, enjoyed a week at number one in 1943,[11] and Nat King Cole made it to number 25 pop with "To the Ends of the Earth" in 1956.[12]

Personnel[1][edit]

  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Stephanie Lawrence – vocals ("You Saved My Life"), vocal harmony ("No One but the One You Love")
  • Jack Gold – producer
  • Gene Page – arranger, conductor
  • Dick Bogert – engineer
  • Jo-Anne Steinberg – production coordinator
  • David Vance – photographer
  • Michael Boddicker – synthesizer ("Night and Day", "To the Ends of the Earth")
  • Eddie Bongo – congas ("Night and Day", "That Old Black Magic", "To the Ends of the Earth")
  • Oscar Brashear – flugelhorn ("New York State of Mind")
  • Terry Harrington – tenor saxophone ("That Old Black Magic")
  • Paul Smith – piano ("New York State of Mind")

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (1979) Mathis Magic by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 36216.
  2. ^ "Mathis Magic - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 365.
  7. ^ (1976) "Turnstiles" by Billy Joel [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records PC 33848.
  8. ^ a b Whitburn 2009, p. 831.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 234.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2002, p. 301.
  11. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 312.
  12. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 209.

References[edit]

  • Whitburn, Joel (1986), Joel Whitburn's Pop Memories, 1890-1954, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898200830 
  • Whitburn, Joel (2002), Joel Whitburn's Top Country Singles, 1944-2001, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201519 
  • 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 0898201802