Cripes, I thought this digital music malarky was going to throw up hip and cool sounds but here we are, a rather retrograde step back to the 1950s has been our penance for believing in the power of the radio-web. Ladies and Gentlemen (for we were ladies and gentlemen back then) may I present Matt Munro as this weeks star turn and your #1 Top of the Pops, ‘courtesy’ of the Folksy last.fm group.
He was born Terence Edward Parsons in Shoreditch, London and attended the Elliott School in Putney. Affectionately nicknamed “the singing bus driver” (because one of his many occupations prior to achieving fame was driving the Number 27 bus from Highgate to Teddington), he got his first break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist with the BBC Show Band. […] By the end of the 1950s, Monro’s mid-decade fame had evaporated, and he returned to relative obscurity. He and his wife Mickie lived from her wages as a song plugger and his royalties from a TV advertising jingle for Camay soap. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, “Bound for Texas”, for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes.
Does anyone have any memories of Matt they’d like to share from way back? Sing a song of his perhaps? We could do a distributed karaoke. Tell you what, for anyone who sends me their rendition of a Matt Munro number as an MP3, I’ll agree to send them some home made mince pies in exchange. How’s that?