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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: For The Present / Other Side Of

1. Singin' In The Rain

2. First Of May

3. Michelle

4. Didn't We

6. Bridge Over Troubled Water

7. I Am

8. Curiouser And Curiouser

10. Till Then My Love

11. The Me I Never Knew

12. Sarah's Coming Home

13. Let There Be Love

14. What A Wonderful World

15. When You Wish Upon A Star

16. Over The Rainbow

17. For All We Know

18. Let Me Sing And I'm Happy

19. Be My Love

20. Chattanooga Choo Choo

21. I Love You Because

22. No Regrets

23. You're Sensational

24. I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore

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Track List: These Years / The Late Late Show

1. There's A Kind Of Hush (All Over The World)

2. Release Me

3. Don't Sleep In The Subway

5. The Happening

6. These Years

7. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

8. Music To Watch Girls By

9. Here, There And Everywhere

10. Spanish Eyes

11. Nobody Cares For Me

12. If She Should Come To You

13. When I Fall In Love

14. Maria

15. Hello Young Lovers

16. September Song

17. Time After Time

18. This Is All I Ask

19. I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face

20. Days Of Wine And Roses

21. The Shadow Of Your Smile

23. The Party's Over

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Track List: Walk Away/Invitation to the Movies

1. Walk Away

2. It's A Breeze

3. How Soon

5. Georgia On My Mind

6. My Friend, My Friend

7. Softly As I Leave You

8. Going Places

9. Who Can I Turn To

10. Gonna Build A Mountain

11. I Get Along Without You Very Well

12. Here And Now

13. Alfie

14. Georgy Girl

16. A Time For Love

17. I Will Wait For You

18. Moment To Moment

19. Born Free

20. In The Arms Of Love

21. Wednesday's Child

22. A Man And A Woman

23. Strangers In The Night

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Track List: This Is The Life/Here's To My Lady

1. I'm Glad There Is You

2. This Is The Life

3. You're Gonna Hear From Me

4. I'll Take Romance

5. Strangers In The Night

6. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

7. Sweet Lorraine

8. My Best Girl

9. On A Wonderful Day Like Today

10. Merci Cherie

11. Honey On The Vine

12. When Joanna Loved Me

13. Real Live Girl

14. When Sunny Gets Blue

15. Laura

17. Here's To My Lady

18. The Good Life

19. You've Got Possibilities

20. Rain Sometimes

21. Sweet Talkin' Hannah

22. Nina Never Knew

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Track List: Born Free

Disc 1

2. How Do You Do?

3. What To Do

4. My Kind Of Girl

5. Yesterday

7. Portrait Of My Love

8. Walk Away

9. In The Arms Of Love

10. From Russia With Love

11. Georgy Girl

12. Born Free

13. Softly As I Leave You

14. One Voice

15. I Write The Songs (Medley)

16. Birth Of The Blues

17. New York New York

18. For Mama

Disc 2

1. My Way

2. Todo Pasara

3. On A Clear Day

4. Beautiful Noise

5. I Have Dreamed

6. Can This Be Love?

7. Why Not Now?

8. Sky Lark

9. Cheek To Cheek

10. Such Is My Love

11. Laura

12. It's Alright With Me

13. Let Me Sing

14. California Here I Come

15. Pennies From Heaven

16. Star Eyes

17. You My Love

18. All Through The Day

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Superb talent.
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Love his music. Many singers sound alike, does not mean they are a knock-off of the other. During the various eras, similar sounds from vocals and musicians alike were and are perfectly normal. Monro has his own sounds as does Sinatra. If you listen carefully, you hear their differences and similarities . Just enjoy!!!!!!!
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info02295
Great great singer
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Don't understand why they always compare one singer to another both Sinatra and Monroe had way different styles of singing I miss them both������
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So many memories just thought I had found the one but ............ . . .
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Truly one of the finest singers ever. Had his records from the 60's. Just wonderful. Top 20 of all singers for sure.
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Loved this song so much as if i'm in cloud 9
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Liked all his songs esp. till then my love he's one of my fave singers
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myrontaboo
I will forever remember the sweet, subtle renditions of the popular tunes Matt delivered in the important era of memorable music.
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Awesome singer and yes, very underestimat e d but he did leave us early just when I think Americans may have started noticing. His music is fab!! His voice could be matched by any crooner in America even today. I came across him by chance when cruising across YouTube some months ago.
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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
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I'll dream of of you is the best example of what make up his songs
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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!
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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.
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johnharris48
so very soothing to the soul..really really nice.
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j.j.oleary
Matt & Nat is all I need!
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mmccall323
Superb!
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Keep your Sinatra. Give me Monro any time.
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matt is more popular in Asia than Sinatra..lik e both of them
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dn400
The best.
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johnharris48
Yes..A Golden Voice, and beautiful Music..
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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.
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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.
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Matt Monro's golden voice will remain in our hearts forevermore.
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angel88feb
An honest voice,soothi n g like Earl grey tea!!!
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pccooper5
No tricks, no electronic enhancement. Today's singers should study every note he ever sang. Matt was the best!
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bigfun13
Absolutely rocks.
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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.
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I WISH TO DOWNLOAD HIS SONG "STRANGER IN PARADISE"... . . W H E R E CAN I FIND IT?
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Best James Bond singer. His voice makes so much sense. Big all-time favorite.
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skeshmiri
One of my favorites. Soft silky voice.
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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!
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A voice and style as smooth as champagne being poured through a silk stocking. One of my forever favorites.
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matt Monro, is so romantic, elegant and his phrases as so sweet! I adore his music!
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Matt Monro is seems like a total sweetie, just the way he phrases his songs uncovers his pure sweet spirit.
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bgmakriswork
LOVE Matt Monro...he's another who softly caressed his notes.
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mjperna75
I've seen him perform in stage.He was so great.
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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.
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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.
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wlange1430
this guy can sing, i love frank ,but i can liston to matt all night
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Matt Munro was a great vocalist. His phrasing and emotional feel for a song was tops. He left us too soon.
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Matt Munro was Matt Munro and Sinatra was Sinatra both were Incredible.
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FANTASTIC
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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!
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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