The Heart of a Woman (album)

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Not to be confused with the Etta James album Heart of a Woman.
The Heart of a Woman
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released November 25, 1974[1]
Recorded 1974 at
Larrabee Sound,
Los Angeles, California,
Devonshire Sound,
Los Angeles, California[2]
Genre Vocal pop
Length 35:00
Label Columbia
Producer Johnny Bristol
Jerry Fuller[2]
Johnny Mathis chronology
I'm Coming Home
The Heart of a Woman
When Will I See You Again
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Billboard 5/5 stars[3]

The Heart of a Woman is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on November 25, 1974,[1] by Columbia Records and had mostly new material in that only three of the 10 songs had already been recorded by other artists. It made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart in the issue dated December 28, 1974, and remained there for seven weeks, peaking at number 139.[4] It also began a two-week run on the UK album chart on April 5, 1975, during which time it made it to number 39.[5]

The only song from the album that ever charted as a single by Mathis was "Sail on White Moon", which entered Billboard's list of the 50 most popular Easy Listening songs in the US in the issue of the magazine dated February 15, 1975, and peaked at number 35 during its five weeks there;[6] however, the title track from the album was used in a commercial for Helena Rubinstein's Courant perfume.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "Woman, Woman" (Johnny Bristol) – 3:16
  2. "Sail On White Moon" (Johnny Bristol) – 3:12
  3. "It's Gone" (Eliot Tucker) – 3:13
  4. "House for Sale" (Lawrence Howard Brown, Oleg Lopatin) – 3:18
  5. "Feel Like Makin' Love" (Eugene McDaniels) – 3:40

Side 2

  1. "Memories Don't Leave like People Do" (Johnny Bristol, Jerry Butler, James Anthony Dean, John Henry Glover) – 4:23
  2. "Strangers in Dark Corners" (Johnny Bristol) – 3:50
  3. "Wendy" (Lowrell Simon, Richard Tufo) – 3:36
  4. "The Heart of a Woman" (Lee Adams, Charles Strouse) – 2:57
  5. "The Way We Planned It" (George S. Clinton) – 3:35

Song information[edit]

Of the three covers on this album, only "Feel Like Makin' Love" had been released as a single by the original artist. Roberta Flack's recording of the song spent five weeks at number one on Billboard magazine's list of the 100 most popular Soul songs in the US,[7] two weeks at number one on its Easy Listening chart,[8] and a week at the top of the Billboard Hot 100[9] in addition to receiving Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[10] "Sail On White Moon" was first recorded by Boz Scaggs for his 1974 album Slow Dancer,[11] and "Wendy" was originally performed by The Impressions on the soundtrack of the 1974 film Three the Hard Way.[12]




  1. ^ a b c "Mathis Gets Col-Cosmetic Promo". Billboard. 1974-11-25. p. 20. 
  2. ^ a b c (1974) The Heart of a Woman by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 33251.
  3. ^ "Top Album Picks". Billboard. 1974-12-07. p. 60. 
  4. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 504.
  5. ^ "Johnny Mathis - Albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 179.
  7. ^ Whitburn 2004, p. 206.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 98.
  9. ^ Whitburn 2009, p. 350.
  10. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for titles by Roberta Flack
  11. ^ (1974) Slow Dancer by Boz Scaggs [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records KC 32760.
  12. ^ (1974) Three the Hard Way by The Impressions [album jacket]. New York: Buddha Records CRS 8605.


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