Johnny Mathis

Chances Are

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Recorded by Liza Minelli, jazz pianist David Osborne and others, it was Johnny Mathis' third hit single in 1957, his first (of only two) to hit #1. Ray Conniff and his orchestra provide the three minutes and two seconds which open with a simple piano played against a quiet rhythm. The strings and backing vocals sweep in quietly behind Johnny's vocals which are perfect for the deck of a cruise ship, cocktail lounge, or Doris Day/Rock Hudson flick. The song, no doubt, inspired the 1990's film of the same name, yet this end of summer 1957 hit set the tone for the seemingly endless stream of songs which make up Johnny's Greatest Hits and More Johnny's Greatest Hits, Top 40 tunes which permeated the airwaves right up to early 1960.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Johnny Mathis 1957 Legacy 0:00
Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits 1972 Sony Music Distribution
This Heart of Mine [Sony] 1972 A M W Music
Johnny's Greatest Hits 1977 Columbia 3:19
Wonderful 1978 Sony Music Distribution 3:00
First 25 Years: Silver Anniversay Album 1981 Columbia
No Image 1983 Al Ham Productions
Love Songs [Columbia] 1988 Columbia 3:04
16 Most Requested Songs 1989 Legacy / Columbia 3:00
16 Most Requested Songs of the 1950's, Vol. 1 1989
Various Artists
Legacy / Columbia 3:01
Radio Classics of the 50s 1989
Various Artists
Columbia 3:04
Your Hit Parade: The Late '50s 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Sentimental Journey, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:05
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:02
Best Love Songs, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:02
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 1-2 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:02
The Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection 1994 Columbia 3:04
Romantic Moods 1995
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
Heavenly/Greatest Hits/Live 1995 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:14
Donna Reed's Dinner Party 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:02
Sentimental Journey: Pop Vocal Classics, Vol. 1-4 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Those Wonderful Years, Vol. 21: April Love 1996
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 3:00
Music for Gracious Living, Vol. 1: Six Martinis and a Broken Heart to Go 1997
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:02
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 1: The 50's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 2:59
Teenage Crush 1997
Various Artists
Ace 3:04
The Ultimate Hits Collection 1998 Columbia 3:01
Las Vegas Showstoppers 1998
Various Artists
Beloved Records 3:04
No Image 1998 Sony Music Distribution
Chances Are, Vol. 2 1999 Platinum Disc 3:03
Super Hits 1999 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Complete D Singles Collection, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:28
The Fabulous Fifties: Those Wonderful Years [Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04
Viva Las Vegas [Universal International] 2002
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:01
Jukebox Hits of the '50s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:03
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:03
Best of the Crooners 2002 Madacy 3:03
The Fabulous Fifties 2002
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:04
The Very Best of Love 2003 Madacy 3:02
36 All-Time Favorites 2003 DJ Specialist 3:04
The Essential Johnny Mathis 2004 Columbia / Legacy 3:02
Lifetime Of Romance: Secret Rendezvous 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:03
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:03
Great Johnny Mathis 2006 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:03
Gold: A 50th Anniversary Celebration 2006 Columbia 3:04
Misty: The Best of Johnny Mathis 2007 Music Club Records 3:06
Lifetime of Romance [Time Life Box Set] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:03
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 8: 1957 2008
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 3:02
Hit Parade 1957 2008
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:03
Melody of Love: Great 50's Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:05
Pure... Crooners 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:03
Pure... 50s 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:03
The Complete US Singles As & Bs:1957-62 2016 Acrobat Music 3:01
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel [Original Soundtrack] 2019
Various Artists
BSX Records 3:01
No Image Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia 3:00
Decade of Hits: The 50's
Various Artists
Dynamic Nostalgia 0:00
Legendary Voices
Various Artists
StarVista / Time / Life Music 3:04
Purely... Delta Distribution 3:04
The Collection 1938-1962 Acrobat Music 3:02