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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2010
Johnny Mathis, he of the vocal velvet and distinctive purr, sounds today almost uncannily close to the way he did when he first stirred up the music world in the mid-1950s. The singer has a new album out this month, adding to his remarkable 130-plus discography with a laid-back, lushly sung collection of country classics, "Let It Be Me — Mathis in Nashville. " This week, he marks his 75th birthday with a concert in Baltimore. Before heading on the road, he called from his California home for an interview: Question: "Country music" and "Johnny Mathis" are not often uttered in the same sentence.
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By Jordan Bartel and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
I'm under the impression that people really liked disco in the late 1970s. Who would have guessed? Here's your top 10, 36 years ago, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive. 10. "Night Fever," the Bee Gees This one appeared, of course, on the soundtrack to 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever. " The song actually contributed to the film's eventual title (it was originally just going to be "Saturday Night. "). The soundtrack was No. 1 for 24 weeks. "Night Fever" was the No. 1 song for more than two months in 1978.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2010
You might think you know John Waters, but until you read his latest book, "Role Models" - well, to quote Jeremy Irons' Claus von Bulow, "You have no idea. " Waters avidly links his "Baltimore heroes," like the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro ("My kind of burlesque queen"), to far-flung friends and influences. They include "genius fashion dictator" Rei Kawakubo, who once brought him to Paris to model her work, and "outsider pornographers" like David Hurles. They also include artists and entertainers as popular as Johnny Mathis and as widely acclaimed as the psychological novelist Lionel Shriver ("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2010
Johnny Mathis, he of the vocal velvet and distinctive purr, sounds today almost uncannily close to the way he did when he first stirred up the music world in the mid-1950s. The singer has a new album out this month, adding to his remarkable 130-plus discography with a laid-back, lushly sung collection of country classics, "Let It Be Me — Mathis in Nashville. " This week, he marks his 75th birthday with a concert in Baltimore. Before heading on the road, he called from his California home for an interview: Question: "Country music" and "Johnny Mathis" are not often uttered in the same sentence.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1994
Chances are you know someone who knows someone who adores Johnny Mathis.Someone like Baltimorean Pat Hester."Oh gosh, there seems to be so much about him," she says dreamily. "First, he is good to look at. And that wonderful, soft, soothing voice I have absolutely loved forever."Saturday evening, Ms. Hester and her friend will hear Mr. Mathis croon his timeless favorites for the first time at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. "I would die if I never got to see Johnny Mathis live," says Ms. Hester, who is 40.Such is the ardor of Mr. Mathis' fans, a unique crossover crowd that transcends boundaries of age, race and economics.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | January 17, 1991
Tony Bennett and Johnny Mathis will be making their Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debuts in the BSO's 1991-'92 Pops Series.This is the first time the BSO has been able to present such important pop-music figures. This comes, said BSO executive director John Gidwitz, as a result of a restructuring of the series. Instead of performing 16 different programs in 16 weeks, as it has been in the past, the BSO will perform eight different programs in eight weeks. The total number of concerts will be unchanged at 27 because each program will be performed either three or four times.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 23, 2005
The velvety voice on the other end -- its tone warm and crisp -- is so familiar. It is the voice of Johnny Mathis, a nearly 50-year recording veteran, known as the "world's greatest romantic singer." Calling from his home in Hollywood, the 69-year-old crooner sounds surprisingly youthful. These days, the man still looks good, too: The hair is dark, full and feathered, the skin bronzy and smooth. "It's not easy getting old," Mathis says, chuckling. "I've been exercising a lot for the past 10 years.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
You might think you know John Waters, but until you read his latest book, "Role Models" — well, to quote Jeremy Irons' Claus von Bulow, "You have no idea." Waters avidly links his "Baltimore heroes," like the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro ("My kind of burlesque queen"), to far-flung friends and influences. They include "genius fashion dictator" Rei Kawakubo, who once brought him to Paris to model her work, and "outsider pornographers" like David Hurles. They also include artists and entertainers as popular as Johnny Mathis and as widely acclaimed as the psychological novelist Lionel Shriver ("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
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February 13, 2003
On February 6, 2003, LYNDA VICTORIA MATHIS; beloved daughter of Johnny Mathis Sr. She also leaves to cherish her memory her brother Johnny (Lynell) Mathis Jr.; two nieces, Kelly Lynn and Dannette; one nephew, Matthew; two godsons, Quaye Bayton and Brook Cohen; her devoted secretary, Laurie Johnson; a loving friend, Ms. Sylvia (Ma) Braxton, and a host of other relatives and friends. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 A.M. on Friday at Union Memorial United Methodist Church, 2500 Harlem Avenue.
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February 12, 2003
Linda Victoria Mathis, a Baltimore attorney, died of a heart attack Thursday at University of Maryland Medical Center after collapsing at the Charles Center Metro station. The Reisterstown resident was 54. Born in Baltimore and raised on Mosher Street, she was a 1966 graduate of Edmondson High School. Ms. Mathis earned a degree in education at Coppin State College, where she was president of her junior class. Family members said that as child she enjoyed watching the Perry Mason television show and resolved to earn a law degree, a goal she reached in 1973 at Howard University.
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2010
You might think you know John Waters, but until you read his latest book, "Role Models" - well, to quote Jeremy Irons' Claus von Bulow, "You have no idea. " Waters avidly links his "Baltimore heroes," like the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro ("My kind of burlesque queen"), to far-flung friends and influences. They include "genius fashion dictator" Rei Kawakubo, who once brought him to Paris to model her work, and "outsider pornographers" like David Hurles. They also include artists and entertainers as popular as Johnny Mathis and as widely acclaimed as the psychological novelist Lionel Shriver ("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
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By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
You might think you know John Waters, but until you read his latest book, "Role Models" — well, to quote Jeremy Irons' Claus von Bulow, "You have no idea." Waters avidly links his "Baltimore heroes," like the lesbian stripper Lady Zorro ("My kind of burlesque queen"), to far-flung friends and influences. They include "genius fashion dictator" Rei Kawakubo, who once brought him to Paris to model her work, and "outsider pornographers" like David Hurles. They also include artists and entertainers as popular as Johnny Mathis and as widely acclaimed as the psychological novelist Lionel Shriver ("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
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By NATHAN M. PITTS | November 22, 2007
Just announced SOUND CHECK Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Dec. 15. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com. Wu-Tang Clan -- Rams Head Live on Jan. 9. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com. Rasputina -- 9:30 Club in Washington on Dec. 9. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com. Chemlab -- Sonar on Dec. 13. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Matchbox Twenty -- George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on Feb. 8. Also, Avril Lavigne is there on April 15. 410-547-7328 or ticket master.
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By SUN STAFF | June 19, 2003
Dixie Chicks / MCI Center They're gorgeous, they're talented, and they can flat-out sing. The Dixie Chicks, whose album Home was one of the most artistically consistent releases last year, headline Washington's MCI Center next Wednesday and Thursday . Each show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $35-$65. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-481-SEAT or visiting www.ticketmaster.com. Neil Young and Crazy Horse / Merriweather Neil Young is one of pop-rock's most celebrated singer-songwriters.
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