Heavenly (Johnny Mathis album)
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Released||August 10, 1959|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
UK album cover
Heavenly is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on August 10, 1959, by Columbia Records and marked his return to recording ballads with orchestral accompaniment. Along with the material that others had covered before are two new songs: the title track and "I'll Be Easy to Find".
The album debuted on Billboard magazine's album chart in the September 21, 1959, issue to begin a run of 295 weeks, five of which were spent at number one. Because the UK version of his 1958 LP Good Night, Dear Lord was retitled Heavenly, Fontana Records issued this album there under a different title, Ride on a Rainbow, which got as high as number 10 on the UK album chart in February 1960. The US version of Heavenly received Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies in the US on December 4, 1962.
This was the first Mathis LP to have a single released in the US. His cover of "Misty" made its first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the issue dated October 5, 1959, and peaked at number 12 during its 17 weeks there. It also began a run of seven weeks on the magazine’s R&B chart the following month, in the November 9 issue, and reached number 10 and started 12 weeks on the UK singles chart in February 1960, where it also reached number 12. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. This special Grammy Award category was established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
The album was released for the first time on compact disc in 1990 and was part of a 1995 three-disc set that included the 1958 compilation Johnny's Greatest Hits and his 1984 concert album Live.
Allmusic's William Ruhlmann asserted that "this record is the epitome of Mathis's approach to music." Further description was generous with praise. "The tempos are slow, the strings swell, and Mathis' vulnerable tenor, dripping with tender emotion yet never missing a beat, soars and swoops over all." He found "Misty" to be a good choice, with its "newly added lyric by Johnny Burke. Few could have carried off that lyric (go ahead, try and think of another male singer of the '50s who could handle it), but it was perfect for Mathis." He also notes that after ten albums released in three years Mathis was "a recording veteran while still being fresh enough to give his performances real feeling."
In his book Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics, Serene Dominic commented on the title track from this album, which was co-written by Bacharach. "Oddly enough for such a popular album cut, no one saw the logic in trying to capitalize on 'Heavenly' as a single. The absence of cover versions demonstrated either that no one else felt Mathis's rendition could be bettered or that its charms seemed threadbare in less capable hands."
- "Heavenly" (Burt Bacharach, Sydney Shaw) – 3:23
- "Hello, Young Lovers" from The King and I (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein) – 4:18
- "A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 4:04
- "A Ride on a Rainbow" from the Producers' Showcase episode "Ruggles of Red Gap" (Leo Robin, Jule Styne) – 4:11
- "More Than You Know" from Great Day (Vincent Youmans, Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose) – 4:18
- "Something I Dreamed Last Night" (Sammy Fain, Herbert Magidson, Jack Yellen) – 4:32
- "Misty" (Erroll Garner, Johnny Burke) – 3:38
- "Stranger in Paradise" from Kismet (Bob Forrest, Robert Wright) – 4:06
- "Moonlight Becomes You" from Road to Morocco (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 4:06
- "They Say It's Wonderful" from Annie Get Your Gun (Irving Berlin) – 3:33
- "I'll Be Easy to Find" (Bart Howard)– 4:04
- "That's All" (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) – 3:50
- Johnny Mathis – vocals
- Al Ham – producer
- Mitch Miller – producer
- Glenn Osser – arranger and conductor
- Ralph Cowan – cover painting
- (1993) The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Columbia Records C4K-48932.
- "Heavenly - Johnny Mathis". allmusic.com. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
- Whitburn 2010, p. 503.
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- Whitburn 2009, p. 628.
- Whitburn 2004, p. 383.
- "Grammy Hall of Fame Database". Grammy.org. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
- "Heavenly by Johnny Mathis (Album, Standards): Reviews, Rating, Credits, Song list". rateyourmusic.com. Sonemic, Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "Heavenly/Greatest Hits/Live - Johnny Mathis - Releases". allmusic.com. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- Dominic 2003, p. 40.
- (1959) Heavenly by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records CL 1351.
- Dominic, Serene (2003), Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans, Serious Record Collectors, and Music Critics, Music Sales Group, ISBN 0825672805
- Whitburn, Joel (2004), Joel Whitburn Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, 1942-2004, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201608
- Whitburn, Joel (2009), Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 1955-2008, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0898201802
- Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7