Polkadots and Moonbeams – The story of Matt Monro in words and music

January 1, 2015

Polkadots and Moonbeams – The story of Matt Monro in words and music

This affectionate tribute to the man and his music, on the 30th anniversary of his death is written by Andy Merriman and performed by Mark Hemmings with musical direction by Stephen Dickinson.

The Club for Acts and Actors, Covent Garden, London on Saturday 7 February 2015: two shows, no matinee.

Doors Open at 7:00PM
Starts at 7:30PM
Ticket Price: £15.00*

Doors Open at 8:45PM
Starts at 9:00PM
Ticket Price: £15.00*

Matt Monro - Polkadots & Moonbeams

Matt Monro praised by Steve Allen and Tony Blackburn

September 1, 2014

Matt Monro praised by Steve Allen and Tony Blackburn

in conversation – 50 minutes into programme approx.

You’ll have to pay to download it – £2!

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Matt Monro – Radio Birthday Tribute

December 1, 2012

Matt Monro – Radio Birthday Tribute

Nick Muir on our guestbook: For all fans of Matt Monro, I will be paying a tribute to him for his birthday tomorrow, 2nd December starting at 4pm UK time on www.bayfm.co.uk

Bay FM is a community radio station, i.e. no adverts, non profit making and run by volunteers and has just been granted a licence. Come and join me!

Rarer Monro

April 24, 2012

Rarer Monro

Matt Monro Facebook announces: “New Matt 2CD set due on June 18th – ‘Rarer Monro’ contains many previously unheard recordings.”

Foxy Bingo advert features “Born Free”

February 11, 2012

Foxy Bingo advert features “Born Free”

Foxy Bingo, an online bingo website, is launching a revealing ad campaign featuring a naked Foxy, with Matt Monroe (sic!) singing “Born Free”. have a look and listen here…

Friday Night is Music Night featuring Matt

January 31, 2012

Friday 10th February, BBC Radio 2, 10pm: “Friday Night is Music Night”: 1982 concert conducted by Ron Goodwin and featuring Matt Monro singing ‘On Days Like These’, ‘Born Free’and ‘From Russia With Love’.

DOCUMENTARY: Matt Monro: The Man With The Golden Voice

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Fri. 21 October 2005:

I was on holiday so a slightly late message: the transmission date for THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE has changed to 21st October at 9pm (repeated 1.45am) on BBC Four. It will be on BBC Two at some point later on, too. Of course I will keep you posted.

Update:

It was an excellent hour-long documentary charting Monro’s life and career, accompanied by archive footage, interviews with Don Black, John Barry, Sir George Martin and Monro’s family.

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But most of it was also accompanied by Barry’s music from The Beyondness of Things & The Specialist – or was it Playing By Heart? Anyway, very moody JB, just right for the tone of the programme.

It was on the BBC’s digital only channel, BBC4, but well worth a look when it appears elsewhere around the globe.

DOCUMENTARY: Matt Monro: The Man With The Golden Voice
Channel: BBC 4 107
Date: Saturday 22nd October 2005
Duration: 1 hour.
Neil Pearson narrates a documentary telling the story of Matt Monro, the young Londoner born Terry Parsons who became one of the world’s most popular ballad singers. Contributors include Paul Gambaccini, Don Black, George Martin, John Barry and Monro’s family.

Portrait of My Love: A Matt Monro Tribute

October 3, 2010

Portrait of My Love: A Matt Monro Tribute.

Friday Night is Music Night
On: BBC Radio Two (0102)
Date: Friday 8th October 2010
Time: 20:00 to 22:00

Live from London’s Mermaid Theatre, Portrait of My Love: A Matt Monro Tribute. Matt Monro would have been 80 this year and it is also the 50th anniversary of the release of Portrait of My Love. To celebrate, Darius Campbell, Ryan Malloy, Graham Bickley and Stephen Triffit sing some of his hits, including Born Free, Walk Away, Michelle and Softly As I Leave You. Richard Balcombe conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra and Paul Gambaccini hosts.

Matt’s music on Radio Tircoed

September 27, 2010

Matt’s music on Radio Tircoed, September 28

Tune in to radio tircoed on Tuesday September 28, between 11am and 2pm for a special tribute show to Matt as they take a look back at his life and play loads of his music 11am British time.

John Barry present at Premiere of Born Free

July 30, 2010

John Barry *was* present at Royal World Charity Premiere of “Born Free”

Here is fascinating footage of the stars (including composer John Barry and then wife Jane Birkin) and the royal party from the Royal Premiere of Born Free in 1966.

This clearly contradicts Michele Monro’s account from “The Singer’s Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro.”

This will puzzle anybody who has read Michele Monro’s Matt Monro biography since it is stated therein that of the Born Free song crew, only Matt turned up and had to alert Don & John that the song was omitted from that print!!

In fact, we had proof that John Barry was at the premiere for years as a photo featured in the books “John Barry – A Life In Music” and “John Barry – The Man With The Midas Touch”.

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Matt Monro and John Barry at the premiere of Born Free. Mickey Monro in the centre
Added December 4, 2018: Matt Monro and John Barry at the premiere of Born Free, London. Mickey Monro in the centre. (Screen capture from Pathe  News clip.)

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Michele Monro reading extracts from and signing her book

May 10, 2010

Michele Monro reading extracts from and signing her book on 19th May

Michele Monro will be reading extracts from and signing her book on Matt in the Pitshanger Bookshop, 141 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, London W5 on 19th May.

Michele Monro on BBC Radio

April 3, 2010

Michele Monro on BBC Radio Lancashire this Easter Monday evening

Listen to the Michele Monro interview for broadcast on BBC Radio Lancashire this Easter Monday evening: “Gerald Jackson with music from classic crooners.”

The half hour feature will be included from 20:15 BST (Programme starts at 19.00).

Your can hear the full programme “Unforgettable” via the BBC iPlayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7pd and listen again for a full 7 days.

Mickie Monro – R.I.P.

February 26, 2010

Mickie Monro: 19.07.33 – 25.02.10

“Mickie Monro, loving wife of the late great singer Matt Monro and beloved mother and grandmother to Michele, Matt Jnr and Max passed away on Thursday 25 February 2010. She had been ill for several months but the family hid the fact until recently. On 27 January Michele made an announcement at the Book Launch admitting that her mother had been diagnosed with bone cancer and was critically ill.”

Michele Monro on BBC Jersey

February 19, 2010

Michele Monro on BBC Jersey

Sara Palmer presents the Morning Show on the BBC in Jersey and shall be chatting with Michele Monro (Matt’s daughter) about her book about her father.

Michele will be on the show on Monday morning, 22 February, around 10.15 if anyone wanted to listen live on the internet – or catch it on listen again.

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers!

February 18, 2010

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers!

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers is a group for those that believe it would be tragic to allow Abbey Road Studios to be bought by property developers.

On their Facebook site they say: “Join us in finding a way to save the historic Abbey Road Studios from being sold to property developers.We want to keep the studios operating as a recording facility for future generations.

PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS!”

http://saveabbeyroadstudios.org

George Martin, Matt Monro, John Barry, Ivan Foxwell, Mack David discussing "Wednesday's Child" (The Quiller Memorandum). October 1966, 2.30 - 6. pm. Abbey Road
George Martin, Matt Monro, John Barry, Ivan Foxwell, Mack David discussing “Wednesday’s Child” (The Quiller Memorandum). October 1966, 2.30 – 6. pm. Abbey Road

2-hour MATT MONRO SPECIAL

February 01, 2010

Isle of Wight Radio’s JOHN HANNAM MEETS with 2-hour MATT MONRO SPECIAL

This Sunday – FEBRUARY 7 – John is presenting a 2-hour MATT MONRO SPECIAL on the actual day of the 25th anniversary of his death, 2 – 4pm.

It’s a celebration of his life and will feature his widow Mickie, daughter Michele and son Matt Junior plus hit songwriter Don Black and Matt’s original musical director Colin Keyes.

A Hannam archive features part of an interview recorded with Matt Monro at Sandown Pavilion in the early 80s.

Many of Matt’s most popular recordings will be played.

This programme can be heard all along the South Coast on 107FM and all over Britain via www.iwradio.co.uk

John Hannam also has his own website on www.johnhannam.com

February 18, 2010

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers!

Save Abbey Road Studios from property developers is a group for those that believe it would be tragic to allow Abbey Road Studios to be bought by property developers.

On their Facebook site they say: “Join us in finding a way to save the historic Abbey Road Studios from being sold to property developers.We want to keep the studios operating as a recording facility for future generations.

PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS!”

http://saveabbeyroadstudios.org

Michele Monro on radio show

January 20, 2010

Michele Monro on radio show, The Vinyl Frontier ( show airs between 7 and 10pm)

Mike Mclean writes to us: – I’m delighted to say that Matt’s daughter, Michele, has agreed to guest on my radio show, The Vinyl Frontier, on Sunday, February 7, 2010, 25 years to the day since her dad died.

She will be talking about the new biography, the commemorative CD releases, and her dad’s life and times, and of course, it will be liberally sprinkled with examples of Matt’s wonderful recordings.

The Vinyl Frontier can be heard on Your Radio, 103 and 106.9FM in the west of Scotland, or on-line at yourradiofm.com (click on listen live – top right of the screen on the home page).

The show airs between 7 and 10pm (UK time) every Sunday evening, and you can find out more about the show at its website www.thevinylfrontier.net

Two new Matt Monro CDs

December 30, 2009

The start of a new year will see two new Matt Monro CD releases, marking the 25th anniversary of his death.

EMI will issue “The Greatest“, featuring 25 of his best-known recordings, and their budget label EMI Gold will issue an impressive box-set, “The Singles Collection“, containing both sides of every single (45) released. This ranges from his early days on Decca and Fontana through to his lengthy career with EMI/Capitol.

New photos of Matt Monro

Wednesday, April 16, 2008:

We have received two exciting photos from Ms Caroline Foster of Ms Foster with Matt (