Close to You (Johnny Mathis album)

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Close To You
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released August 19, 1970[1]
Recorded May 27, 1970
July 10, 1970
July 13, 1970
July 15, 1970[1]
Genre Vocal[2]
Length 35:09
Label Columbia
Producer Jack Gold[3]
Johnny Mathis chronology
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Close To You
Johnny Mathis Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert
Professional ratings
Review scores

Close To You is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on August 19, 1970,[1] by Columbia Records and mostly included his recordings of hits that other artists had that year. The exceptions were the new movie theme "Pieces of Dreams" and the 1967 songs "Wave" by Antônio Carlos Jobim and "Yellow Days", which was an Easy Listening hit for former Mathis collaborator Percy Faith.[5] In the UK the album was retitled after a different song Mathis covered on it, "The Long and Winding Road".

The release of the first single from the album, "Pieces of Dreams", coincided with the release of the film of the same name,[6] in which it is sung by Peggy Lee.[6] The Mathis recording made its first appearance on Billboard magazine's Easy Listening chart in the issue dated September 12 of that year and got as high as number nine during its eight weeks there.[7] The album's debut on the magazine's Top LP's chart came the following month, in the issue from October 10, and marked the start of a nine-week run that took it to number 61.[8] A second single, "Evil Ways", had its Easy Listening debut in the November 14 issue and reached number 30 during its four weeks there.[7]


Billboard wrote, "Among the standout performances are the title tune, 'Until It's Time for You to Go', 'Why Can’t I Touch You', 'Song of Joy', and 'Come Saturday Morning'. Top Ernie Freeman arrangements."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 3:26
  2. "Evil Ways" (Sonny Henry) – 2:36
  3. "Come Saturday Morning" from The Sterile Cuckoo (Fred Karlin, Dory Previn) – 2:10
  4. "Yellow Days" (Alan Bernstein, Álvaro Carrillo) – 2:40
  5. "Pieces of Dreams" from Pieces of Dreams (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand) – 2:44
  6. "Song of Joy (Himno a la Alegria)" (Ludwig van Beethoven, Waldo de los Rios) – 4:00

Side two[edit]

  1. "Everything Is Beautiful" (Ray Stevens) – 3:28
  2. "The Long and Winding Road" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 3:25
  3. "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?" from Salvation (Charles Courtney, Peter Link) – 3:15
  4. "Wave" (Antônio Carlos Jobim) – 3:30
  5. "Until It's Time for You to Go" (Buffy Sainte-Marie) – 3:55

2017 CD bonus track[edit]

This album's CD release as part of the 2017 box set The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection included a bonus track that was previously unavailable:

  • "Caroline" (Bodie Chandler) – 2:44

Recording dates[edit]

From the liner notes for The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection:[1]

  • May 13, 1970 – "Caroline"
  • May 27, 1970 – "Everything Is Beautiful", "Evil Ways", "Until It's Time for You to Go"
  • July 10, 1970 – "Pieces of Dreams", "Yellow Days"
  • July 13, 1970 – "(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You?", "The Long and Winding Road", "Song of Joy (Himno a la Alegria)", "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
  • July 15, 1970 – "Come Saturday Morning", "Wave"



  1. ^ a b c d (2017) The Voice of Romance: The Columbia Original Album Collection by Johnny Mathis [CD booklet]. New York: Sony Music Entertainment 88985 36892 2.
  2. ^ "Close to You - Johnny Mathis". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f (1970) Close to You by Johnny Mathis [album jacket]. New York: Columbia Records C 30210.
  4. ^ a b "Album Reviews". Billboard. 1970-09-19. p. 36.
  5. ^ Whitburn 2007, p. 93.
  6. ^ a b "Pieces of Dreams". Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn 2007, p. 178.
  8. ^ Whitburn 2010, p. 503.


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  • Whitburn, Joel (2010), Joel Whitburn Presents Top Pop Albums, Seventh Edition, Record Research Inc., ISBN 0-89820-183-7