Johnny Mathis, born Johnny Royce Mathis on 30th September 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, USA, has been a U.S. singer of popular music. He began his career with singles about standard music, and become a famous and popular album artist. Several of his albums achieved platinum or gold status, and 73 of them made the billboard charts. The discography of Johnny includes pop, Spanish, Brazilian, rhythm and blues, soul, show tunes, soft rock, blues, Tin Pan Alley, country, and disco songs.

Personal Life

Johnny is one among his seven siblings of his parents. He was born to Clem Mathis and Milfred Boyd. He spent his early life in San Francisco, Californian. His father inspired and encouraged him to learn various types of songs and music. Johnny is a U.S national, and his ethnicity is African-American.

As for his education, he joined George Washington High School in San Francisco. After that, he studied at San Francisco State College on a scholarship for athletics. He initially intended to be an English teacher or a teacher of physical education. He was good at studies, but his destiny took him to become a singer and musician.

He is still single. He has not married anyone, and thus, has not divorced anyone. However, he had had several relationships throughout his long career. First, he was in relationship with Regina Belle, a U.S. Vocalist. However, the relationship did not last long. Secondly, he was in relationship with another lady named Estelle Bennett, an American Musician. He also dated another girl named George Avakian for a brief period.

He had been in another relationship with Mitch Miller, an American Conductor. Johnny also dated Patti Austin, another American Singer, for some time. His most recent relationship relates to another American Vocalist Deniece Williams. Lastly, on 14th May 2017, he declared himself a gay while he was being interviewed by CBS News Sunday Morning.


At the onset of his career, he impressed Helen Noga when he had been singing at a Sunday Afternoon Session. Consequently, after sometime, Helen was appointed as his manager. After that, he became associated with Columbia, but at the same time, his studies at San Francisco continued unabated. Meanwhile, plans were being hatched in New York for his first album. He, then, released his first album entitled “Johnny Mathis: A New Sound in Popular Song”.

In 1957, he appeared on a television show entitled “The Ed Sullivan Show”. His albums were very much successful, and his style became very popular. That is why; millions of his records were sold out in no time, so to say. He performed all across the globe. He got the award Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his outstanding performances.

He also got Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He received another award called “Society of Singers’ Ella Award”. Also, he is associated with the Pop Music Hall of Fame as a member. As per his biography, his net worth is estimated at $400 million.

Last Modified: 18 Aug, 2018

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