The Best Days of My Life

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The Best Days of My Life
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1979
Recorded 1978 at
A&M Recording Studios,
Hollywood, California[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 37:45
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[1]
Johnny Mathis chronology
That's What Friends Are For
The Best Days of My Life
Mathis Magic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

The Best Days of My Life is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released in January 1979 by Columbia Records.[3] It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated February 24, 1979, and remained there for seven weeks, peaking at number 122.[4] It also made it to number 38 during a five-week run on the UK album chart.[5]

The first song from the album to reach any of the charts in Billboard was a duet with Jane Olivor entitled "The Last Time I Felt Like This" that was written for the 1978 film Same Time, Next Year.[6] It was nominated for the Academy Award but lost to "Last Dance" from "Thank God It's Friday". It entered the magazine's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening records in the US in the issue dated February 24, 1979, and peaked at number 15 over the course of 12 weeks.[1] Another track from the album, "Begin the Beguine", entered that same chart five months later, in the July 21 issue, and got as high as number 37 during its five weeks there.[1] The only song from the album to reach the UK singles chart was "Gone, Gone, Gone", which made its debut there the following month, on August 11, and reached number 15 during a 10-week run.[7]

The album was released on compact disc in 1989.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Would You Like to Spend the Night with Me" (L. Russell Brown, Irwin Levine) – 3:02
  2. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 4:35
  3. "The Best Days of My Life" (Cheryl Christiansen, Arnold Goland, Jack Gold) – 3:30
  4. "Gone, Gone, Gone" (L. Russell Brown, Lisa Hayward) – 3:32
  5. "The Bottom Line" (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) – 3:56

Side 2

  1. "The Last Time I Felt Like This" performed with Jane Olivor (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Marvin Hamlisch) – 2:57
  2. "Begin the Beguine" (Cole Porter) – 4:16
  3. "How Can I Make It on My Own" (Terry Bradford, Nat Kipner) – 4:00
  4. "There You Are" (Nancy Goland) – 4:12
  5. "We're in Love" (Patti Austin) – 3:45

Song information[edit]

Rudy Vallee was the first artist to make the charts in Billboard magazine with "As Time Goes By" when he took the song to number 15 in 1931, but after the song was featured in the film Casablanca his recording was reissued and spent four weeks at number one in 1943.[8] "Begin the Beguine" was first put on the charts by Xavier Cugat & His Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra with Don Reid on vocal for two weeks in 1935 when it reached number 13.[9] And Patti Austin's "We're in Love" made it to number 90 on the magazine's R&B chart in February 1978.[10]


  • Johnny Mathis – vocals
  • Jane Olivor – vocals ("The Last Time I Felt Like This")
  • Jack Gold – producer
  • Gene Page – arranger, conductor
  • Dick Bogert – recording engineer, mixing engineer
  • Ray Gerhardt – recording engineer
  • Larry Forkner – recording engineer
  • Jo-Anne Steinberg – production coordinator
  • David Vance – photographer
  • Mixed at Hollywood Sound


A separate 12-inch single that featured extended dance mixes of two songs from the album was also released in 1979.[11]

Side 1

  1. "Begin the Beguine" (Special Disco Version) (Cole Porter) – 8:28

Side 2

  1. "Gone, Gone, Gone" (Special Disco Version) (L. Russell Brown, Lisa Hayward) – 6:30
    • Disco Mix by John Luongo
    • Engineered by Michael Barbiero


  1. ^ a b c d e (1978) The Best Days of My Life by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records JC 35649.
  2. ^ a b c "The Best Days of My Life - Johnny Mathis". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
  5. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  7. ^ "Johnny Mathis". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Whitburn 1986, pp. 427, 428.
  9. ^ Whitburn 1986, p. 116.
  10. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 38.
  11. ^ (1979) "Begin the Beguine/Gone, Gone, Gone" by Johnny Mathis [12-inch label]. New York: Columbia Records 23-11002.


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