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Mathis's favorite song to sing: 'Laura'

Mathis's favorite song to sing: 'Laura'

KINGSTON, N.Y., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The jazz standard "Laura" is Johnny Mathis's favorite song to sing, the U.S. romantic-jazz and pop-standards singer said Thursday.
Mathis country pop CD set for release

Mathis country pop CD set for release

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Columbia Records says it plans to release "Let It Be Me: Mathis in Nashville," the new pop country album from Johnny Mathis, next month.

La. man pleads guilty to hate crime arson

ALEXANDRIA, La., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man pleaded guilty to arson and other crimes Tuesday just before he was to stand trial on hate-crime charges, federal prosecutors announced.

Merl Saunders, rock keyboardist, dies

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Merl Saunders, a keyboardist known for playing with Jerry Garcia, died at a San Francisco hospital almost seven years after a crippling stroke.

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Wallace Seawall dead at 90

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- Hollywood photographer Wallace Seawall, who snapped shots of The Harlem Globetrotters and President Lyndon B. Johnson, has died in Los Angeles at age 90.

Emmy-nominated composer Robert Prince dies

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Emmy-nominated composer Robert Prince, who scored television series from the 1960s to the 1980s, died in Los Angeles after a brief illness at the age of 78.

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Today is Saturday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2006 with 92 to follow.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 30, the 273rd day of 2005 with 92 to follow.
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Keys, Charles win big at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The late Ray Charles won five Grammys including Album of the Year and Record of the Year at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

Winners at 47th Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 47th Grammy Awards, which were presented Sunday in Los Angeles:
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Johnny Mathis
Johnny Mathis performs in concert at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise Florida, on January 22, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

John Royce "Johnny" Mathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music.

Mathis concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the adult contemporary audience through the 1980s. Starting his career with singles of standards, Mathis became more popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status, and 73 making the Billboard charts. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Mathis has sales of over 27 million sellers, certified units in the United States. According to recordings chart historian and music writer Paul Gambaccini, Mathis has recorded over 130 albums and sold more than 350 million records worldwide.

Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, the fourth of seven children of Clem Mathis and his wife, Mildred Boyd, and is an African-American. The family moved to San Francisco, California, settling in the Fillmore district where he grew up. Mathis's father had worked in vaudeville, and when he saw his son's talent, he bought an old upright piano for US$25 and encouraged his efforts. Mathis began learning songs and routines from his father; his first song was "My Blue Heaven." Mathis started singing and dancing for visitors at home, and at school and church functions.

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