Matt Monro

Genres: Action & Adventure Vocals
Descriptive "tags": oldies swing 60s crooners james bond easy listening british male vocalists matt monro jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Lyrics Wikipedia

Biography

Terry Parsons, 1 December 1930, London, England, d. 7 February 1985, Ealing, London, England. This velvet-voiced balladeer first played in bands under the pseudonym Al Jordan before adopting the name Monro, allegedly borrowed from Winifred Atwell’s father. Between stints as a bus driver and singer on the UK Camay soap commercial, he recorded for a number of labels, but his choice of material was generally too predictable. His interpretation of ‘Garden Of Eden’, for example, had to compete with four other versions by hit artists Frankie Vaughan, Gary Miller, Dick James and Joe Valino. Monro’s luck changed when producer George Martin asked him to contribute a pseudo- Frank Sinatra version of ‘You Keep Me Swingin’’ to a Peter Sellers comedy album. This led to a contract with Parlophone Records and a Top 3 hit with ‘Portrait Of My Love’ (1960).

For the next five years, Monro was a regular chart...

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