About Singer Johnny Mathis

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 12, 2002

I have been a fan of Johnny Mathis since I was a very young girl. Can you tell me a little about his personal life? Is he married, does he have children, and what are some of his hobbies? Where did he attend college?
—Connie M., Illinois

A gourmet cook and an avid golfer, 66-year-old crooner Johnny Mathis is single with no children. The Gilmer, Texas, native was raised in San Francisco, where he began singing at a very early age in school productions and church choirs. At San Francisco State College, Mathis was a record-setting high jumper and ultimately had to choose between a career in music and a shot at the Melbourne, Australia, summer Olympics in 1956. He opted for a music career, signing with Columbia Records and hitting it big in 1957 with It's Not For Me to Say. He continues to tour, both abroad and in America. His latest project is the video and DVD Live by Request, which was released in December.