Man has spanned the Atlantic in many ways. The most recent feat was not a new cable, not a jet, not an atomic submarine, it was one of the fastest things in the world, sound, and in our case, this history making event is the sound of Matt Monro. Matt is England’s gift to the American people and a more lasting gift we could not desire.
To say Matt Monro is a "good" singer is an understatement he possesses the finesse of a nobleman, the down to-earthness of a peasant, the sensitivity of a child and he sings with soul. Glancing at Matt’s background it is almost inconceivable to visualize how he was able to elevate himself to a top position in the musical world. He enlisted in the army at 17 and this was when he first became interested in singing. With the exception of a few talent contests, however, his time in the service was spent as an instructor on tanks.
While posted in Hong Kong he entered a talent contest in which he proceeded to win six weeks consecutively at which time he was barred in order to give the other competitors a fair chance.
After having his own radio show briefly, Matt was discharged from the service and became a truck driver, on the London-to-Glasgow run. While in Scotland he cut a demonstration record for personal use only and then returned to London to become a bus driver. After a while he received an encouraging offer of a recording contract and things seemed to finally be falling into place. He was offered a radio series in Luxembourg, was featured with the well-known Cyril Stapleton Band on BBC and did many major television shows. But once again fate stepped in and Matt seemed to lapse into obscurity, despite his spurt of popularity.
Then a man named George Martin stepped into Matt’s life. Mr. Martin, the recording manager of Parlophone records, employed Matt to do an impersonation of Frank Sinatra on a new LP. So perfect was his recording that it was decided to include him in the album; however, he was not allowed to be identified as Matt Monro and instead was given the name Fred Flange, rising to fame as the man who fooled the experts into thinking this was really Sinatra in action.
Eventually the secret leaked out and Matt Finally regained his stature as an artist and became in great demand for night clubs, television, and guest appearances. These appearances even included a personal invitation from President Eisenhower’s air crew to sing for them at the Pentagon, this was a first!
At the end of 1960 success surrounded Matt and his second record "Portrait Of My Love" soared to the top ten on the English hit parade. Early in 1961 Warwick Records president Morty Craft paid a visit to George Martin of Parlophone and the fate of Matt Monro was once again altered. These two top record producers from different continents banded together for one common cause, to make the voice of Matt Monro number one throughout the world and success has been their reward.
After months of hard work, Morty Craft was able to bring his discovery to the top of the hit parade here in the United States with Matt’s 'My Kind Of Girl' and George Martin had continued keeping Matt in the top ten in England.
Never was an artist more deserving of stardom than Matt Monro, for here is a superb talent who uses no vocal gimmicks, only his solid musical ability.