|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Released||November 18, 1963|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
Romantically (1963) is the 20th album released by Johnny Mathis. It is his 16th original studio album, with four compilations of hit singles having been released by him at this point. It is also the final original studio album recorded by Mathis for Columbia Records prior to his moving to Mercury Records. Mathis had recorded exclusively for Columbia from 1956 to 1963. After a brief stint with Mercury, he returned to Columbia in 1967.
Collaborating for a third time on an album with arranger/conductor Don Costa, Mathis is heard on a program of songs reminiscent of any number of his preceding albums. The songs range from standards, Broadway and movie songs through to a number of rare items resulting in a fine representation of the singer at this point in his career.
- "Getting to Know You" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 3:11
- "Moonlight in Vermont" (John Blackburn, Karl Suessdorf) – 3:40
- "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" (Helen Deutsch, Bronislaw Kaper)– 3:30
- "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Paul Francis Webster) – 3:51
- "Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) – 4:50
- "In Wisconsin" – 3:15
- "All That Is Missing" (Eddie Snyder, Paul Vance) – 2:58
- "The Sound of Music" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 3:22
- "Theme from "Carnival!"" (Bob Merrill) – 2:33
- "Too Young to Go Steady" (Harold Adamson, Jimmy McHugh) – 3:42
- "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg) – 3:53
- "September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) – 4:07
Billboard Album Chart
From the Broadway stage come two songs penned by Rodgers and Hammerstein, "Getting To Know You" from 1951's The King and I and "The Sound of Music" from the 1959 show of the same name. Also from Broadway comes "September Song" from 1938's Knickerbocker Holiday. The 1953 film Lili featured the song "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo". When the story of that film was used for the 1961 show Carnival!, "Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo" was replaced in the score with "Theme from 'Carnival!'". Mathis sings both these songs on this album. Standards included on this set include Harold Arlen's "It's Only a Paper Moon", another nod to two of his musical heroes, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald also recorded "Moonlight in Vermont" and "Autumn in New York", as did Frank Sinatra. Mathis sings both here in beautifully realised performances.
- All Music, Billboard Album Chart Position