Johnny Mathis Christmas CD

Johnny Mathis Christmas Songs & Music

Johnny Mathis was born in the same year as Elvis Presley, and particularly throughout his early career, provided a safe pop substitute for the ground breaking rock 'n' roll of the King of Graceland. In fitting with his clean-cut image, Mathis produced four holiday albums throughout his career, with additional compilation albums released in the last few years. In 2006, Mathis recorded a medley duet of Winter Wonderland/ Let it Snow! with Bette Midler for her own holiday album. In the spoken introduction of this recording, Midler describes Mathis as 'the king of Christmas'.

Johnny Mathis Christmas Albums

Merry Christmas

1958: Merry Christmas

Johnny Mathis’s first holiday album is a soothing, sweet collection of holiday tunes. Many of the tracks feature the easy-listening sounds of the Percy Faith Orchestra, giving tracks like Silent Night and White Christmas a lush, romantic edge. Mathis even tries his hand at Elvis’s hits Blue Christmas, with a much more clean-cut result than his rock ‘n’ roll colleague. Merry Christmas peaked at number three on the Billboard charts the year of its release and continued to chart for another eleven years.

Sounds of Christmas

1963: Sounds of Christmas

Like Mathis’s first holiday release, Sounds of Christmas provides a blend of traditional carols and popular hits, all given the silky smooth Johnny Mathis treatment. The album closes with an ambitious rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus, a fitting finale which sets Sounds of Christmas apart from Mathis’s earlier yuletide release. The album was re-issued in 1972 under the title Christmas with Johnny Mathis, although two of the original tracks were inexplicably omitted.

Give Me Your Love For Christmas

1969: Give Me Your Love For Christmas

Mathis opted out of any traditional carols in this, his third Christmas offering. The album is not completely secular, but the religious tunes come in the form of lesser known carols Do You Hear What I Hear and The Lord’s Prayer. This album is much more upbeat than his previous two holiday albums, full of popular tunes like Jingle Bell Rock and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Mathis even mixes it up a bit by including the show tune My Favourite Things and the catchy Calypso Noel, making this album the most memorable of his Christmas albums to date.

Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis

1986: Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis

It was another seventeen years before the world saw another Johnny Mathis Christmas album, but Christmas Eve delivered everything the crooners fans could have hoped for. These ten tracks are purely secular, infused with all the sparkle and style of Mathis’s earlier holiday work.

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