Today’s song of the day is an American jazz ballad, “Misty,” by Johnny Mathis.
- “Misty” was composed in 1954 by jazz pianist Erroll Garner. He initially wrote the song for his 1955 studio album Contrasts, but the track took on a life of its own once lyrics were added by American songwriter Johnny Burke.
- Johnny Mathis recorded his own version and included it on his 1959 studio album Heavenly. Once released, the song went on to peak at number 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for Pop Singles.
- After its commercial success, the track became known as Mathis’s signature song.
- “Misty” was recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City on April 9, 1959.
- The song has been covered by many artists over the years, including Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra.
- Johnny Mathis has had three separate recordings be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has been awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Mathis’s stylistic repertoire includes a wide array of genres, such as traditional pop, R&B, soft rock, Spanish music, and country music.
- Mathis considers his primary musical influences to be Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby.
Look at me
I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree
And I feel like I’m clinging to a cloud
I can’t understand
I get misty, just holding your hand
Walk my way
And a thousand violins begin to play
Or it might be the sound of your hello
That music I hear
I get misty the moment you’re near
You can say that you’re leading me on
But it’s just what I want you to do
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you
On my own
Would I wander through this wonderland alone
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I’m too misty and too much in love
(Repeat after music interlude)
Look at me