Johnny Mathis in PJ Clarks in New York

Johnny Mathis
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I met Johnny Mathis at P. J. Clarke's
P. J. Clarke's 915 3rd Ave
(212) 753-0896

P.J. Clarke's on Third Ave., near 55tth Street, in New York City was one of my favorite places. The fall of 1960, I was sitting at a table with my dog, Duchess, who was eating a hamburger under the table.
      PJ Clarke's had a dog named Skip. Skip and Duchess were great friends, therefore Duchess was permitted in the restaurant. 
      It was about 2 AM when Sarah Vaughan came in with a group of people. When she saw me, she came over to say "hello" and to pet Duchess; she and Duchess were good friends. She invited us to join her group. Johnny Mathis, Syd Shaw and a couple of other people, were in the group. I was introduced all around and sat with Sass. Later, we left PJ's and went up to Johnny's apartment to listen to his latest recording.
    A few days later I had a message at my Hotel from Johnny inviting me to go hear Adam Wade at the Roundtable. People said Adam sounded like Johnny, so Johnny wanted to hear him. 
       That night I met Adam and Helen Noga, Johnny's Manger. Syd Shaw was there and we had a good conversation about the music business. In 1967 I returned to New York from California - Syd wrote an act for my wife Paula, and we recorded her using Sass' band. Syd and I often frequented P. J. Clarke's. 
      Syd Shaw wrote Heavenly for Johnny. He also wrote acts for Lena Horne, Polly Bergen and others.   Syd and I became friends that lasted up until his death in 1969.
        Years later, Adam Wade and I became close friends through a mutual friend, Maria de Aragon. Maria and I performed in a play he wrote titled The Dancer.  His ex-wife was director.

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