A singer once said 'his pitch was right on the nose: his word enunciation letter perfect: his understanding of a song thorough. He will be missed very much, not only by myself, but by his fans all over the world'. The singer was the legendary Frank Sinatra, the man he spoke about: the irreplaceable Matt Monro.'The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro', is the highly-anticipated story of one of Britain's most iconic singers, tracing Matt Monro's life from his poverty stricken upbringing in post-war Britain to his day job as London bus driver to the steady rise to fame that saw the singer battling the highs and lows of the entertainment industry to become one of Britain's best-loved entertainers. This is the man behind the image, the man who rubbed shoulders with some of the most famous names in the business, who recorded the very first James Bond theme song ('From Russia with Love'), represented his country in Eurovision's Song Contest and Royal Command and recorded the international hits 'Softly as I Leave You','Born Free', 'Walk Away' and 'Portrait of My Love'.In an intimate portrait written by the singer's daughter, Michele Monro, and drawing on more than two hundred interviews from the most important characters in Matt's life, 'The Singer's Singer' exposes the man behind the voice, telling the story of how Terry Parson overcame poverty, prejudice and alcoholism to arrive at the very heart of the post-war British entertainment industry as the unforgettable Matt Monro. Including never-before-seen photography, exclusive correspondence between Matt and some of the biggest names in the music business and a rich array of personal anecdotes, this is the first comprehensive look at the life of the man his peers dubbed the Singer's Singer, the irreplaceable Matt Monro.Also available is The Singer's Singer Special Reserve Edition. A limited, collectible, luxury edition slipcase set featuring the Singer's Singer biography as well as a unique CD of 21 rare and unreleased tracks, and an exclusive Matt Monro Sessionography book.
I am the daughter of the late singer Matt Monro and it is only since he passed away that I started writing in earnest although I did write a 90-page intimate portrayal on Matt Monro for EMI some years ago. It actually took me three years to write 'The Singer's Singer', mainly because I wanted to make sure the content was accurate and there was a lot of research to do. What one might not realise is that I have also published a 'special' edition of the book called 'Matt Monro -Special Reserve', which is also available on Amazon, and within that set is a second book which includes the singer's sessionography, discography as well as all the television and radio stations that he appeared on throughout his career.
'I have also been writing the CD notes for EMI for the last ten years and I love the fact that the content is personal to the album rather than just a short biography on the artist. Although I am hungry to start writing another book I have found the year packed full of promotion for this product and as well as radio and press interviews, I have appeared on BBC Breakfast and QVC twice. I have been going around the country doing book signings and presentations and it has been fabulous meeting the fans along the way.
If you do decide to invest in this book I hope you enjoy the journey and learn more about what Matt Monro contributed to the music industry - I can promise you it isn't dull.