A concert starring Shirley Bassey and Matt Monro


In 1963/64 My ship was in Singapore and one evening I attended a concert starring Shirley Bassey and Matt Monro. It turned out to be a memorable evening.

Apart from the wonderful singing from both of them, it was the banter when they were on stage together that I remember best. They were almost a comedy double act. Shirley Bassey at one point almost tucking Matt under her arm. The audience were in ‘stitches’.

I loved the mellowness of Matt’s voice, the way he sang seemed so effortless. As a serviceman myself I could understand the way he was. As Frank Sinatra said, he was a great singer who should have had more recognition in America than he actually got. He is sadly missed.

david grantham