Matt Monro

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Matt Monro

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English singer, popular during the 1960s and 1970s. Born: December 1, 1930 in Finsbury, London, England. Died: February 7, 1985 in London, England (54 years old). He charted twenty times (including 5 top ten in the UK) between 1960 and 1973 on U.S. and UK charts. His top hit came in 1964 with "Walk Away"--it landed at #23 i the U.S. and #5 on the adult contemprary while rising to #4 in the UK. Hit also hit #3 UK in 1960 with "Portrait of My Love", which did not chart in the U.S.

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Matt Monro (born Terence Edward Parsons, 1 December 1930 – 7 February 1985) was an English singer. Known as "The Man with the Golden Voice", he performed internationally during his 30-year career. AllMusic has described Monro as "one of the most underrated pop vocalists of the '60s", who "possessed the easiest, most perfect baritone in the business". Frank Sinatra said of Monro after his death: “If I had to choose three of the finest male vocalists in the singing business, Matt would be one of them. His pitch was right on the nose; his word enunciations letter perfect; his understanding of a song thorough.” His recordings include the UK top 10 hits "Portrait of My Love", "My Kind of Girl", "Softly As I Leave You", "Walk Away" and "Yesterday" (originally by the Beatles). He also recorded several film themes such as "From Russia with Love" for the eponymous James Bond film, "Born Free" for the eponymous film and "On Days Like These" for The Italian Job.