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The Singer's Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro Hardcover – May 11, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566187
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] definitive, enjoyable, informative and reliable testament to his talent, fame, legacy and continued popularity and esteem." --Retrosellers

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Michele Monro is the daughter of Matt Monro, and the manager of his estate and fan club.

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Thank you for sharing your memories Michele.
Mrs. M. Down
More importantly though, especially for those of us who never knew your Dad, to feel like we got to know him in some small way.
Donald Sutherland
I have to listen several times to most singers to understand what the singer is saying, especially in today's music.
N. L. Martin

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Barnes on May 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Matt Monro is Britain's biggest selling solo male performer of all time and shares this honour with our biggest solo female performer Petula Clark. Both singers have huge international reputations and fan bases. Matt's daughter, Michele, has just published her biography on her dad's life and career and here Digger reviews this new book.

A lot of people, me included, have been looking forward to this book for a long time. Matt's daughter Michele and his family and friends (and he has many) have, over the years, been resolute and highly active in their determination to keep reminding us of what a huge talent Matt Monro was and what a great musical legacy he left us. Nobody is better qualified, or more strongly driven, to write a book about Matt's life and career than his devoted daughter Michele.

The life story of Matt Monro covers a spectrum of fashions, fads, major cultural changes and musical developments. When he started his singing career, solo balladeers such as Matt wore a sharp suit and tie and Brylcreemed their hair. Britain was emerging from a devastating war and was desperate for some light relief. The British music business was dominated by stuffy old men in suits and British music predominantly imitated the American scene or relied on American imports. When Matt came along he proved that a British singer could sing as well as the major Americans - don't take my word for it - `rivals' such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis and Tony Bennett gave him the thumbs up. What's more, Matt was singing songs, many written by British songwriters, in a very British way. Matt interpreted these songs, the melody and the lyrics, with a timing, diction and phrasing and with an ability to hit and hold any note that made this diminutive man stand head and shoulders above others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ferrell E. Harrod on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
HAVIN BEEN A LONG TIME MATT MONRO FROM FLORIDA ,THIS BOOK WAS SOMETHING I HAD BEEN WAITING ON FOR A LONG LONG AND I WSN'T DISSAPOINTED
IT GOES INTO DETAILS OF THIS MARVELOUS SINGER'S LIFE FROM THE VERY START, TELLING HOW HE STRUGGLED TO "MAKE" IT.
THE DEVOTION AND SACRIFICE OF HIS WIFE, MICKIE WHO SO INSTUMENTAL IN HIS SUCCESS.

IT PROVED WHAT I ALWAYS THOUGHT, THAT MATT WAS A VERY HUMBLE MAN WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE GIFTED WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND HE NEVER FORGOT WHERE HE CAME FROM.
IT TAKES A LOT MORE THAN JUST THE VOICE, ONE HAS TO HAVE THE SINCERETY, LUCK, A LOT OF INTANGIBLE FACTORS TO MAKE IT ON THAT LEVEL

I BOUGHT THE "SPECIAL EDITION" WHICH ENCLUDES SONGS FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION THAT WAS RECORDED BEFORE HE MADE THE BIG TIME.
THERE IS ALSO A ANOTHER SMALLER BOOK ENCLUDED WITH THIS SPECIAL, THAT GIVES DETAILED RECORDING DATES OF TV, RADIO AND RECORDING SESSIONS-WELL WORTH THE EXTRA PRICE

HIS DAUGHTER MICHELE IS TO BE CONGRATUALATED FOR HER DEDICATION AND LOVE THAT WENT INTO THIS PROJECT.
THIS BOOK IS SOMETHING EVERY MUSIC LOVER SHOULD OWN AND MUST HAVE FOR THE MATT MONRO FAN
ED HARROD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. L. Martin on June 10, 2010
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I may have heard Matt Monro somewhere back thirty or forty years ago when he sang ballads such as 'A Portrait of My Love, Born Free and If I Never Sing Another Song,' but didn't make the name connection. I just knew that the singer had a voice like no other. However,the more I listened to a tape I had had for years of James Bond themes, especially enjoying 'From Russia With Love,' I began exploring the singer's music.
Matt Monro's rich and flawless, romantic voice is unequalled. Every word he sang is so articulately punctuated that one never needs to guess what the lyrics are. I have to listen several times to most singers to understand what the singer is saying, especially in today's music. Matt's music is timeless. He definitely out-shined other singers of his time, even those like Sinatra and Bennett who went on to great careers. No wonder thay touted him as their favorite singer.
As to Michele's book, The Singer's Singer, I found it superbly written and obviously, carefully and meticulously researched, filled with amazing particulars about her dad's life and career, as well as the loving relationship Matt had with his wife and children. One of the best biographies I have ever read, it genuinely reflects a true 'portrait' of her love for her dad, Matt Monro. Great job, Michele. I will recommend it to all my literary friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Sutherland on July 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully intimate look into the life of the world's greatest entertainer, written by a daughter who obviously loved her Dad. "A Singer's Singer" tells the incredible story of a man with a poverty stricken childhood, who overcame lifes adversities to become an international superstar. It tells his unedited story, both good and bad, to give the reader a true "Potrait" of this great man. Once you pick up this book, you won't want to put it down! An inspirational read for people of all ages. Now, the comparison's between Matt Monro and Frank Sinatra can finally end. There is no comparison, Matt Monro is the best! Great job Michelle. Thank you for opening your life and letting us take a small peek. More importantly though, especially for those of us who never knew your Dad, to feel like we got to know him in some small way. Out of 5 stars, I give this a book a "6".
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