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What are some facts about Johnny Mathis?

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As of 2015, American singer Johnny Mathis is one of the best selling artists of all time, with more than 350 million records sold worldwide. Mathis has had a hit record in every decade since his first number one single, ���Chances Are,��� in 1957.

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Mathis, who went to San Francisco State University on an athletic scholarship, was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team in 1956 after setting a high jump record. At the same time, he was recording music and performing in a nightclub, and when Columbia Records invited him to a recording session in New York City, he gave up athletics to pursue a career in music.

Mathis recorded two of his most popular songs, "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and "It's Not For Me To Say,��� in 1956, and became an international superstar after his 1957 appearance on ���The Ed Sullivan Show.��� His 1958 album, ���Johnny���s Greatest Hits,��� spent an unprecedented nine and a half years on the Billboard top 100 albums charts.

In 1972, Mathis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2003, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Mathis shares a distinction with Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow of having five albums on the Billboard charts at the same time. In 1982, Mathis published a cookbook called ���Cooking for You Alone.���

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