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The Freedom Man
Old Love

Netherlands
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Posted - 10/11/2009 :  20:28:23  Show Profile  Visit The Freedom Man's Homepage  Reply with Quote

Check out the next cassic story about Arthur meeting John Mathis, written told by Mr Johnny Echols!

http://www.thefreedomman.com/love/johnnymain.htm

caryne
Old Love

United Kingdom
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Posted - 10/11/2009 :  22:12:49  Show Profile  Visit caryne's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For a few seconds I thought 'Who the hell is John Mathis'? However, after reading the blog I realise it's Johnny Mathis! Another fine example of Arthur, shall we say, not suffering fools gladly!!
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gatemouthmoore
Fourth Love

202 Posts

Posted - 11/11/2009 :  01:33:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This story is priceless,Johnny Mathis was a track star in his day so I can just imagine
him running down the hallways at Columbia,as if he were in the Olympic games.
...Cheers to Arthur for putting the wimpy guy in his place!
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bob f.
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 11/11/2009 :  02:39:36  Show Profile  Visit bob f.'s Homepage  Reply with Quote
that's a funny story! I'd always thought of Johnny Mathis sounding a little like Arthur, and looking a little like Echols. i thought it was just me.

...what the world needs now...
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gatemouthmoore
Fourth Love

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Posted - 11/11/2009 :  05:35:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
By the way...Johnny Mathis is probably one of the best and most well known singers on the
planet even if he behaved like an idiot on that day!

Who is John Mathis? an analogy would be Art Lee...You really should fix that, so more readers would know who the story is about.

Edited by - gatemouthmoore on 11/11/2009 06:05:01
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caryne
Old Love

United Kingdom
1520 Posts

Posted - 11/11/2009 :  08:57:51  Show Profile  Visit caryne's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bob f.

that's a funny story! I'd always thought of Johnny Mathis sounding a little like Arthur, and looking a little like Echols. i thought it was just me.

...what the world needs now...



Not sure he sounded like Arthur but, as young men, there was a certain similarity to Johnny (apologies to Johnny if he doesn't agree). Got to admit I've never been a fan of Mathis, but my Mum is, he has a good voice but I think he spoiled it with that awful 'When a child is born' record, it still gives me nightmares.
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John9
Old Love

United Kingdom
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Posted - 12/11/2009 :  16:49:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
A fascinating story indeed. My mum and dad loved Johnny Mathis - and I can recall playing a great single by him entitled The Twelfth of Never. Two songs on which I think Arthur definitely showed the Mathis influence were Between Clark And Hilldale and Nice To Be

"On a ship that's travelling a free and flowing course
In and out of soundwaves, a cosmic brotherhood"

Was there ever a better example of 'Arthur meets Broadway'?

Edited by - John9 on 12/11/2009 16:58:15
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
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Posted - 12/11/2009 :  22:30:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Arthur's vocal tone and range has been compared to Johnny Mathis many many times over the years by critics ....I read some notes somewhere comparing Arthur to Johnny Mathis on acid..something like that.

There are the softer songs by Arthur where that can be easily heard. I liked Johnny Mathis way back when too. I have a really old Christmas album-my favorite each Christmas. (I think I read that he has recorded more Christmas albums than every other artist in the world COMBINED.... Seems like it!

Mathis was a great athlete and singer in school and had the enviable choice of going professional in either. He decided he would rather have his health and knees...though I suppose the money was not a given with either choice.

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Mr. Blues Singer
Second Love

Denmark
39 Posts

Posted - 17/11/2009 :  18:04:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Listen to Mathis "Misty" and you can clearly hear som much of Arthurs range and vocal style. And listen to the intro of "Evergreen" (Love theme from a star is born) and tell me which song from Forever Changes that it has inspired.....
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John9
Old Love

United Kingdom
2113 Posts

Posted - 04/10/2011 :  21:19:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

In Los Angeles and on his 76th birthday a few days ago, Johnny Mathis gave a rare interview to the BBC's Front Row arts programme. This was broadcast this evening and I'll post a link to it if and when it becomes available. He'll be over here very shortly for major concerts at the O2 Arena, Birmingham and Manchester. And with Tony Bennett due to appear on Jools Holland later on this evening, rock really is meeting Broadway just at present......and I'm sure that Arthur Lee would have approved of that.
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lemonade kid
Old Love

USA
9450 Posts

Posted - 06/10/2011 :  21:16:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by John9


In Los Angeles and on his 76th birthday a few days ago, Johnny Mathis gave a rare interview to the BBC's Front Row arts programme. This was broadcast this evening and I'll post a link to it if and when it becomes available. He'll be over here very shortly for major concerts at the O2 Arena, Birmingham and Manchester. And with Tony Bennett due to appear on Jools Holland later on this evening, rock really is meeting Broadway just at present......and I'm sure that Arthur Lee would have approved of that.

Mathis is 76?!! I'm so old! He is still that young crooner ...I have one of his many Christmas albums (1971) that we still cherish every holiday time.

And how many times have I heard Arthur Lee's vocals compared to Johnny Mathis on acid!

The Christmas Song
http://www.google.com/search?q=johnny+mathis&oe=utf-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi


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