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Is Johnny Mathis American?

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Johnny Mathis is an American singer born in Gilmer, Texas, in 1935 to Clem Mathis and Mildred Boyd. Mathis was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on three occasions for his songs "Chances Are," "Misty" and "It's Not for Me to Say."

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The fourth of seven children, Mathis grew up in San Francisco, where he studied voice from Bay Area voice teacher Connie Cox. Also a star high jumper, hurdler and basketball player in high school, Mathis obtained an athletic scholarship at San Francisco State University with the intent of becoming an English and physical education teacher. An executive of Columbia Records signed him up after hearing him sing at a local night club. His 1958 album "Johnny’s Greatest Hits" spent a record 491 consecutive weeks on Billboard's top 100 albums. As of November 2015, Mathis continues to perform, with a concert tour schedule that is booked up to November 2016 at venues across the United States.

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