The Matt Monro Story sung and told by his son Matt Monro Junior in Bishop’s Stortford
PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 February 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 09 February 2017
MATT MONRO Junior pays tribute to his father in a show about the singer’s life at the Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford on Friday, March 17. The man who was called “the singer’s singer” and “the man with the golden voice” sold 100 million records in his lifetime.
He was the first singer to sing on a James Bond film (From Russia With Love) and he contributed the score to the movie, The Italian Job.
In the Philippines alone his version of My Way sold eight million copies outselling Sinatra. Today, his son receives a hero’s welcome there.
Produced throughout his career by Sir George Martin, who produced The Beatles, in the 1960s and 70s Matt Monro’s hits included The Impossible Dream, Portrait Of My Love, Softly As I Leave You, Walk Away, Gonna Build A Mountain and Born Free. Matt Monro Junior pays tribute to his legendary father this show, The Matt Monro Story: One Voice.
Describing his dad’s rags-to-riches life, the show is the story of a boy who couldn’t read or write, and yet had to support his family, is told in loving detailed by his son, giving a glimpse into what it was like growing up in the Monro household. Video clips, home movies, and sequences where Matt Junior duets with his Dad, all play a part in this celebration.
Matt Junior said: “I entered Opportunity Knocks when I was 23 to see if I had any talent. I told the producers that I wanted to appear on the show incognito but Bob Monkhouse and his production team insisted that I go on as Matthew Monro and told everyone who I was. It was obvious I couldn’t win because people would have said the show was fixed. I came second and this led to me working the circuits. I did an a tour with Canon and Ball and that launched me as a solo artist in my own right.
7.30pm. Tickets, £21, from 01279 710200 or rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk