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Johnny Mathis

John Royce Mathis is an American singer-songwriter of popular music. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Mathis has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings. Although he is described as a romantic singer, his discography includes traditional pop and Spanish music, soul and blues, show tunes, Tin Pan Alley, soft rock, country music, a few disco songs for his album Mathis Magic in 1979. Mathis has recorded six albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby among his musical influences. Mathis was born in Gilmer, Texas, on September 30, 1935, the fourth of seven children of Clem Mathis and Mildred Boyd; the family moved to San Francisco, settling on 32nd Avenue in the Richmond District, where Mathis grew up.

His father had worked in vaudeville, when he saw his son's talent, he bought an old upright piano for $25 and encouraged him. Mathis began learning routines from his father, his first song was "My Blue Heaven". Mathis started singing and dancing for visitors at home, at school, at church functions; when he was 13, voice teacher Connie Cox accepted him as her student in exchange for work around her house. Mathis studied with Cox for six years, learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production and operatic singing; the first band he sang with was formed by his high school friend Merl Saunders. Mathis eulogized Saunders at his funeral in 2008, thanking him for giving Mathis his first chance as a singer. Mathis was a star athlete at George Washington High School in San Francisco, he was a high jumper and hurdler, he played on the basketball team. In 1954, he enrolled at San Francisco State College on an athletic scholarship, intending to become an English teacher and a physical education teacher.

While there, Mathis set a high jump record of 6'-5 1/2". This is still one of the college's top jump heights and was only two inches short of the Olympic record at the time. Just as when he was in high school, Mathis's name was mentioned in the sports sections of the Northern California newspapers, he and future NBA star Bill Russell were featured in a 1954 sports section article of the San Francisco Chronicle demonstrating their high jumping skills. During one meet at the University of Nevada, Mathis beat Russell's highest jump attempt that day, he was referred to as "the best all-around athlete to come out of the San Francisco Bay Area." While singing at a Sunday afternoon jam session with a friend's jazz sextet at the Black Hawk Club in San Francisco, Mathis attracted the attention of the club's co-founder, Helen Noga. She became Mathis' music manager, in September 1955, after Noga had found Mathis a job singing weekends at Ann Dee's 440 Club, she learned that George Avakian, head of Popular Music A&R at Columbia Records, was on vacation near San Francisco.

After repeated calls, Noga persuaded Avakian to come hear Mathis at the 440 Club. After hearing Mathis sing, Avakian sent his record company a telegram stating: "Have found phenomenal 19-year-old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts."At San Francisco State, Mathis had become noteworthy as a high jumper, in 1956 he was asked to try out for the U. S. Olympic Team that would travel to Melbourne, that November. Mathis had to decide whether to go to the Olympic trials or to keep his appointment in New York City to make his first recordings. On his father's advice, Mathis opted to embark on a professional singing career, his LP record album was released in late 1956 instead of waiting until the first quarter of 1957. Mathis's first record album, Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song, was a slow-selling jazz album, but Mathis stayed in New York City to sing in nightclubs, his second album was produced by Columbia Records vice-president and record producer Mitch Miller, who helped to define the Mathis sound.

Miller preferred that Mathis sing soft, romantic ballads, pairing him up with conductor and music arranger Ray Conniff, Ray Ellis, Glenn Osser, Robert Mersey. In late 1956, Mathis recorded two of his most popular songs: "Wonderful! Wonderful!" and "It's Not for Me to Say". That year, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed him up to sing the latter song in the movie Lizzie, his appearance on the popular TV program The Ed Sullivan Show in June 1957 helped increase his popularity. In 1957, he released "Chances Are" which became his second single to sell 1 million. In November 1957, he released "Wild Is the Wind" which featured in the film of the same name and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, he performed the song at the ceremony in March 1958. The week before his appearance at the Academy Awards, Johnny's Greatest Hits was released; the album spent an unprecedented 490 consecutive weeks through 1967 on the Billboard top 200 album charts including three weeks at number one. It held the record for the most number of weeks on the top Billboard 200 albums in the US for 15 years until Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon reached 491 weeks in October 1983.

In 1958, Mathis made his second film appearance for 20th Century Fox, singing the song "A Certain Smile" in the film of that title. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. By the end of the year, he was set to earn $1 million a year. Critics called him "the velvet voice". During the summer of 1958, Mathis lef

Sun-Shooting Tower

The Sun-Shooting Tower or Chiayi Tower is a tower built inside Chiayi Park, East District, Chiayi City, Taiwan. The tower exterior designed was inspired by a giant sacred tree in Alishan; the brown aluminum pattern mimics the wood grain of the tree and the center is left with a 40-meter-high empty space that mimics the crack in the center of that giant sacred tree. The interior bronze sculpture is inspired by the "Sun-Shooting" legend of Taiwanese aborigines; this bronze-made sculpture is 3 meters wide. The tower features a café and a small rooftop garden; the tower is accessible within walking distance southeast from Beimen Station of the Alishan Forest Railway or using Chiayi County Bus from Chiayi Station of Taiwan Railways Administration. Kagi Shrine Chiayi Park Sun-Shooting Tower on Facebook

Milan Ćurčin

Milan Ćurčin was a Serbian poet, editor of the well-known Nova Evropa magazine and one of the founders of the Yugoslav PEN center in 1926. Milan Ćurčin was the son of a prosperous merchant's family from Austria-Hungary, he attended the primary school in Pančevo and continued his education at the gymnasium in Novi Sad, where he graduated with maturity diploma. In 1899, he began studying German studies at the Viennese University under Richard Heinzel and Jakob Minor. In Vienna he met Ivan Meštrović for the first time, who became the most important friend of his life. Ćurčin was the author of one of the first monographs on the sculptor, published in 1919 and in 1933. In 1904, he finished his studies with the doctoral thesis Das serbische Volkslied in der deutschen Literatur, published a year as a book edition. Since more than a hundred years, this publication of German studies is still regarded as basic work on the reciprocal relations between Serbian and German literary history. In 1906, he lectured on German literature at the University of Belgrade.

One year the young lecturer was appointed associate professor who taught at the University until 1914. After the outbreak of War in Serbia, he became an officer in the medical corps of the Royal Serbian Army and organized the facilities for the care of wounded soldiers. During the war he was sent to London to coordinate the medical aid for Serbia with the Yugoslav Committee and some organizations such as Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service. After the war, he lived in Zagreb and edited the periodical Nova Evropa since 1920. In 1941, the publication of the magazine had to be discontinued by order of the Ustaše authorities of the Independent State of Croatia. Ćurčin went to Split. He lived there in Meštrović's house until 1947. In the 1950s he was a temporary member of the editorial-staff of the Yugoslav Encyclopedia, edited by the Yugoslav Lexicographical Institute of the SFR Yugoslavia, he was buried in Pančevo. The first issue of the magazine was published by Milan Ćurčin in 1920, he was the owner of the same named publishing house.

The model of the periodical was the British magazine The New Europe, founded by Robert William Seton-Watson. Ćurćin’s editorial programme was the promotion of European cosmopolitanism and liberalism as fundamental principles of the idea of integrative Yugoslavism. The magazine contained articles on European and Yugoslav policy, history, literature and education. Among the authors were national and international personalities such as Juraj Andrassy, Victor Bérard, Miloš Crnjanski, Slobodan Jovanović, Miroslav Krleža, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Ivo Pilar, Isidora Sekulić, Robert William Seton-Watson, Dinko Šimunović, Savić Marković Štedimlija, Milan Stojadinović, Josef Strzygowski and Dušan Vuksan as well as many other intellectuals and artists of that time; the publication of the magazine had to be discontinued in 1941 due to political changes in the Balkans. The magazine was one of the most important periodicals of its kind in Yugoslavia during the interwar period. Poetry Pesme, Belgrade 1906. Druge pesme, Belgrade 1912.

Sabrane pesme, Pančevo 1991. Scientific publications Das serbische Volkslied in der deutschen Literatur, Leipzig 1905. Nemačka romantika, Belgrade 1906. Gete i gospođa Stajn, Belgrade 1908. British Women in Serbia and the War, London 1919. Ivan Mestrović - A Monograph, London 1919. Pančevo kao kulturno sedište, Pančevo 1938. Translation Friedrich Nietzsche, Tako je govorio Zaratustra. Knjiga za svakog, i ni za koga, Belgrade 1914. Essays Jugoslovenska umetnička izložba u Londonu, Nova Evropa, Zagreb 1931. Proslava Geteove stogodišnjice, u Nemačkoj i u ostalo Evropi, Nova Evropa, Zagreb 1932. Mladi Gete kao prevodila Hasanaginice, Nova Evropa, Zagreb 1932