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'Misty' was a gigantic hit in 1959

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Johnny Mathis’ version of "Misty" was a gigantic hit in 1959. Many believe it was not only the original...but the singer wrote it.

Not so...it was first released in 1954 as an instrumental by its composer, pianist Erroll Garner, with lyrics added by Johnny Burke in 1955 (This is the same Johnny Burke who wrote with composer Jimmy Van Heusen so many big hits "Moonlight Becomes You," "Nancy with a Laughing Face," "Imagination," etc.

"Misty" became the signature song of Johnny Mathis, reaching #12 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart in 1959. It also has been covered numerous times, perhaps most notably by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan (1959), Billy Eckstine (1960), Frank Sinatra and Earl Grant (1961)and Lloyd Price (1963).

Both Mathis’ and Garner’s versions are in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and it has been recorded by many other artists, including Sarah Vaughan, Julie London and more. It is a big favorite of Clint Eastwood.

Here are the lyrics;

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, 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 realize 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 get misty, and too much in love.

I'm too misty, and too much in love

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