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Matt Monro

Though Matt Monro is known best to worldwide audiences as the voice of one of the best James Bond themes, "From Russia with Love," the British vocalist produced a lifetime of great work. Often criticized as a second-rate Sinatra imitation because of his light, expressive style of swing, Monro hit the British Top Ten frequently during the 1960s but managed only two moderate hits in America.

Born Terrence Parsons in London, he began his career singing for television commercials and performed with a few British bands (including Cyril Stapleton's Orchestra) during the early '50s. After a few sides recorded for various labels, he signed to Decca for an album of standards, 1957's Blue and Sentimental. His career really took off one year later when producer George Martin asked him to lend his deep voice to a Peter Sellers album of Sinatra satires, Songs for Swingin' Sellers. Monro's straight-faced contribution, "You Keep Me Swingin'," gained him a contract from Parlophone, and he hit number three in the British charts with 1960's "Portrait of My Love."

Both "My Kind of Girl" and "Softly, As I Leave You" also hit the Top Ten during the subsequent two years; the former became his first transatlantic hit, reaching number 18 in America. Monro also proved quite proficient in the growing realm of the full-length; his 1962 LP for Parlophone, Matt Monro Sings Hoagy Carmichael, was a very accomplished songbook collection for a pop singer. Though his theme to the second James Bond vehicle, From Russia with Love, only hit the Top 20 in Britain, it increased his exposure around the world. His next single, "Walk Away," hit number four in Britain and just missed the Top 20 in America.

Monro gained his last British Top Ten in 1965, after his association with George Martin and Parlophone gave him the distinction of being the first artist of thousands to cover the Beatles' "Yesterday." After moving to America that year, his British chart fortunes declined (except for the moderate 1973 hit "And You Smiled"). He continued performing his nightclub routine, and recorded sparingly during the '70s. The 1980 collection Heartbreakers rejuvenated his career somewhat, though his health suffered during the time. He finally died of cancer in 1985. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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A wonderful performer. He was vastly underestimat e d and performed in the smaller clubs and was easy to access. He visited Perth many times and it was great to see a singer who did not need to play the large venues

Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in the next 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in BIG letters this is so scary cud it actually works
I'll dream of of you is the best example of what make up his songs
summitstreet
Yes, indeed.. this guy can sing, very much like Sinatra, but there's something about Monro's voice that I can listen all damn day long!
I've been listening to him for 50 years and, unlike me, he never gets old. He is simply the best who has left a treasure of recordings for all to enjoy.
johnharris48
so very soothing to the soul..really really nice.
j.j.oleary
Matt & Nat is all I need!
mmccall323
Superb!
Keep your Sinatra. Give me Monro any time.
matt is more popular in Asia than Sinatra..lik e both of them
dn400
The best.
johnharris48
Yes..A Golden Voice, and beautiful Music..
Very inspiring indeed! To hear again the songs that made our young hearts happy then when we were young, is truly a life inspiration. Matt Monro was and forever is my greatest favorite. I hope you will find his song titled I love the Little Things you do. Thank you.
beautiful memories of my mother, who listened and we knew what to buy her on special occasions or just cause Rosalie Feeney Walsh Rubin, was and is a huge fan of Matt and all the similar artists, thank you for the availabilty of these artists. Much Love and Gratitude. r.w.
Matt Monro's golden voice will remain in our hearts forevermore.
angel88feb
An honest voice,soothi n g like Earl grey tea!!!
pccooper5
No tricks, no electronic enhancement. Today's singers should study every note he ever sang. Matt was the best!
bigfun13
Absolutely rocks.
kellmantrevo r
Matt Monro-epitom e of cool and collected, his easy stlye is reassuring,t u r n the lights down low,spin the LPs- Matt is in the house.
I WISH TO DOWNLOAD HIS SONG "STRANGER IN PARADISE"... . . W H E R E CAN I FIND IT?
Best James Bond singer. His voice makes so much sense. Big all-time favorite.
skeshmiri
One of my favorites. Soft silky voice.
If you would take time in the song of "Somewhere"( t h e m e from Westside Story)then you should like him more. I would say his the Greatest!
A voice and style as smooth as champagne being poured through a silk stocking. One of my forever favorites.
matt Monro, is so romantic, elegant and his phrases as so sweet! I adore his music!
Matt Monro is seems like a total sweetie, just the way he phrases his songs uncovers his pure sweet spirit.
bgmakriswork
LOVE Matt Monro...he's another who softly caressed his notes.
mjperna75
I've seen him perform in stage.He was so great.
jkcooney
Beautiful, pure sound. Right up to his tragic, premature death his vocal quality never ever suffered. Poor man's Sinatra.... I think not. The singing busdriver had a wonderful voice.. still listenable.
One of my favorite Matt Munro songs is "On Days Like These". You can't get much better vocally than this song. I also read that both Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby loved Matt's music.
wlange1430
this guy can sing, i love frank ,but i can liston to matt all night
Matt Munro was a great vocalist. His phrasing and emotional feel for a song was tops. He left us too soon.
Matt Munro was Matt Munro and Sinatra was Sinatra both were Incredible.
FANTASTIC
Matt, was not a second-rate anything, and to say that in comparison to Frankie Blue eyes, who never held a job in his life...at least Matt was a working stiff, having been a bus driver in England before getting his first big break!
Matt Monroe was much more than his bio indicates. If you listen to the whole body of his work you'll see what I mean
Matt didn't have much time to leave a legacy of beautiful songs with his equally beautiful voice. Each of his few songs is worth a million to me. Matt is gone but his beautiful voice and songs will be here for always.
Wow, I kind of thought it might be Scott Walker before I checked to see who it was. Great stuff. "Second-rate Sinatra"? This guy sounds nothing like Sinatra, and I mean that in the best possible way.
Matt made a lot more albums than the one you have listed. This guy had one of the most unique sounds ever to come along among male voices. How come just the one?

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