Jazz and pop singer best known for his #1 hit "Chances Are." He has sold more than 350 million records throughout his career. He won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
He earned four athletic letters during high school. His goal originally was to become a teacher, enrolling in San Francisco State University.
He was was discovered by Helen Noga, co-owner of the Black Hawk Club and The DownBeat Club.
He was the fourth child of seven to his parents Clement and Mildred Mathis. In 2017, he came out as gay in an interview with US Magazine.
He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.