Johnny Mathis To Get ELLA Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pop singer Johnny Mathis will receive the 15th annual ELLA Award from the Society of Singers, the group announced.

The award, named after its first recipient, jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, honors entertainers for their professional success and contributions to charitable and humanitarian causes. Mathis, 70, is celebrating 50 years in show business.

"Johnny sings from the heart, with one of the most identifiable voices and individual vocal styles of our time," Jerry F. Sharell, president and chief executive officer of the Society of Singers, said in a statement issued Monday. "He was also one of the first singers to join SOS — and while he doesn't seek publicity for doing it, Johnny has been hosting and performing at charity events for decades."

Mathis' hits include "Chances Are," "The Twelfth of Never" and "Wonderful! Wonderful." He earned a Grammy nomination for his 2005 album "Isn't It Romantic: The Standards Album."

He will received the ELLA Award on Sept. 12 at the Beverly Hilton.

Previous ELLA recipients include Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion.