#11 My Top Ten Modern Day Crooners: No 9…Johnny Mathis

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Although Johnny Mathis is described as a romantic singer, he has recorded jazz, pop, Latin, soul, to name just a few, and sold of 350 million records worldwide. It is also good to know that he is still touring at the age of 81, and like other artists in this genre, it’s very clear that it’s not the money that’s driving him but a love for the music, so I’m very pleased to include Johnny at number 9 in my to ten crooners.

I’m sure that some of you may think that he should be higher in this list, but remember this is my personal top ten, and there are two things, about Johnny Mathis, that I’m not so keen on. 1..A Child Is Born, is the recording that I remember in the UK, it just didn’t connect with me, a bit to sentimental, although there are other songs that I enjoy very  much. 2..All the experiments in genre again for me just don’t work, if I want to listen to a country song I would pick a country artist. Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby are listed as influences and these guys did not move away from their style of music.

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