Happy Birthday, Johnny Mathis! Picture: Johnny Mathis (b. September 30, 1935), 1958. Photo © GETTY. Johnny Mathis, who turns eighty-one today, was the third biggest selling recording artist of the twentieth century, with nearly 400 million records sold worldwide. Mathis, known primarily for singing popular and jazz standards (or, as he put it, “mushy music”), was discovered in the mid-1950s while singing at Ann’s 440 Club, a legendary San Francisco gay and lesbian nightclub. In 1958, “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” was released and the album spent 491 consecutive weeks (nine and a half years) on the Billboard Top 100 Album chart. In 1978, Mathis transitioned from an older, predominantly white audience to a younger and more diverse crowd with the release of the hit duet with Deniece Williams, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.” In 1982, after years of deflecting questions on his personal life, Mathis was quoted as telling Us Magazine that “homosexuality is a way of life that I’ve grown accustomed to.” In the years that followed, he refused to comment further and, in 1993, Mathis told the New York Times that Us had quoted him off the record; Us retracted the statement. Tellingly, in 1992, a group of activists attempted to “out” Mathis, only to discover that his sexuality was already well-established. In 2006, Mathis broke his silence on the subject, revealing that he received death threats in the wake of the 1982 interview and that his reluctance to speak was also, in part, generational. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #QueerHistoryMatters #HavePrideInHistory #JohnnyMathis

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Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.
You claim to love her, inside and out, but the only time you call her beautiful is when it’s 3 in the morning and I’ve already turned you down.
—  girls tell each other everything, c.j.n.