Tender Is the Night (Johnny Mathis album)

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Tender Is the Night
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1964
Genre Pop
Label Mercury
Producer Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis chronology
The Great Years
Tender Is the Night
The Wonderful World of Make Believe

Tender Is The Night is the eighteenth original studio album released by Johnny Mathis. It is his second album for Mercury Records.


Collaborating once again with arranger/conductor Don Costa, Mathis is heard on a typical collection of ballads that recall his earlier work on Columbia Records. Movie songs dominate this album with the balance filled with Broadway showtunes, the obligatory standard and a pair of original songs by Bart Howard whose work Mathis often recorded in the early years of his career.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tender Is the Night" - 3:44
  2. "Laura" - 4:38
  3. "No Strings" - 3:13
  4. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" - 2:46
  5. "April Love" - 2:58
  6. "Call Me Irresponsible" - 3:42
  7. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" - 3:01
  8. "A Ship Without a Sail" - 4:08
  9. "Forget Me Not" - 2:33
  10. "Where Is Love?" - 2:26
  11. "Somewhere" - 4:32
  12. "Tomorrow Song" - 3:06

Billboard Album Chart[edit]

This is Mathis' 23rd consecutive charting album peaking at #13 on the Billboard album chart in its original release.[1]


There are five movie songs on the album. "Tender Is the Night" is from the 1962 film of the same name and was a hit for Tony Bennett while "Call Me Irresponsible" was the Oscar-winning song from 1963's "Papa's Delicate Condition". "Laura" has music by David Raksin and was the haunting theme of the 1944 film with words added by Johnny Mercer while "April Love" was introduced by Mathis' contemporary Pat Boone in the 1957 film of that name. "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" comes from the Disney animated film classic "Cinderella".

The work of Rodgers and Hart is represented by "A Ship Without a Sail" which had previously been recorded by both Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan while the standard "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh was a fixture in the repertoire of Judy Garland. Richard Rodgers provided both music and lyrics for the title song to the 1962 Broadway show "No Strings" while "Where is Love?" was a highlight of Lionel Bart's score for "Oliver!". Continuing his exploration of the score of "West Side Story" on records, Mathis includes "Somewhere", yet another song from his recorded legacy that Barbra Streisand would record in later years. Finally, Bart Howard contributed two original songs, "Forget Me Not" and "Tomorrow Song", adding to the growing list of his work recorded by Mathis.


  1. ^ All Music Billboard Album Chart Position

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