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Johnny Mathis

I really, really enjoy music and that's why I do what I do.

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Sometimes being famous gets in the way of doing what you want to do.

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I'm just one of the lucky people. I have no other reason for my longevity.

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It's just that some people are lucky and people still seem to enjoy the music.

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I also met, early on Ella Fitzgerald. Her songbooks are some of the most amazing bodies of work.

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But I am very grateful for my success, and with success, of course, comes a whole lot of celebrity.

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My favorite singer to this day is Nat King Cole. I've tried to emulate his phrasing. It is so absolutely beautiful to listen to his lovely voice.

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When I was 12 and started to take singing lessons from a woman, she told me that I would probably spend the rest of my life taking care of my voice.

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I think there are a lot of people who really want to be famous, they really do. I don't. It sort of gets in the way of the everyday things that I do.

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In other words, the celebrity gets out of hand, and if you're not careful, you will forget what you are about - and that is you are about making music that people want to hear.

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