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Johnny Mathis talks about his 60 years in show business, staying healthy, losing his home at age 80 and more

Johnny Mathis

Becky Fluke

Johnny Mathis



This is legendary crooner Johnny Mathis's 60th year in show business, a milestone few pop artists can match.

A barrier-breaking teen idol whose career and influence stretch from Tin Pan Alley to the modern era (fans of Sam Smith might find much to love in his gentle, lilting tenor), the Texas-born, California-raised Mathis is one of the 20th century's iconic vocalists, with his holiday albums and hits like Chances Are and Wonderful! Wonderful! considered American classics. And at age 80, he's rolling right ahead with a tour that will bring him to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 31.

"When the opportunities come along, you want to take them," Mathis said in a recent phone interview. "You've got to leave space along the way to live, and to do the fun stuff."

Mathis’s show at Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 8 p.m. March 31, and is sold out. Click here for details.

For more of our interview with Johnny Mathis, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 12:06pm]


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