Johnny Mathis’ home destroyed in fire

By Donna Westfall

Johnny Mathis

80 year old singer, Johnny Mathis returned from performing in Cleveland to find his Hollywood Hills home of 56 years burned.

His $6 million home is uninhabitable, but he owns a place in Santa Inez where he plans on living until figuring out what to do.

Santa Inez is located in Santa Barbara County and has developed into a wine producing area.  The Danish tourist town of Solvang lies in the Santa Inez valley.

Mathis, famous for his songs of the 50’s, could have tried out for the Olympics.  A gifted athlete, Mathis set a high jump record while attending San Francisco State of 6 feet, 5½ inches, only two inches shy of the Olympic record at the time.  While performing at a club called The Blackhawk,  he caught the attention of Columbia Records producer George Avakian.  Instead of going off to the Olympics, he signed a contract with Columbia Records. The rest is history.

His smooth, easy listening ballads captured the hearts of millions and six decades later, he’s still performing.


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