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Matt Monro biography ‘The Singer’s Singer’ now on CD

May 2, 2011

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The Singer’s Singer, the best-selling biography of Matt Monro by his daughter Michele, is now available as a 3CD ‘talking book’ as part of a new four-disc box set titled Words & Music.

   Three of the discs in the Words & Music box set feature an abridged version of Michele Monro’s critically acclaimed biography of her father, The Singer’s Singer – The Life and Music of Matt Monro. The audio book is read by Michele herself.

   The Singer’s Singer traces Matt Monro’s life from an impoverished East End childhood as Terry Parsons to a job as a London bus driver, to his phenomenal success as singer Matt Monro, and his eventual recognition by his peers as ‘the singer’s singer’

   As Frank Sinatra once commented: “If I had to choose three of the finest male vocalists in the singing business, Matt would be one of them.”

   The Words & Music box set also features a totally remastered version of the rare album Matt Monro Sings Hoagy Carmichael which has never been available on CD before. The 17 tracks include all of the songs from the original session tapes – including classics such as ‘Stardust’, ‘The Nearness Of You’ and ‘Georgia On My Mind’ – plus several previously unreleased bonus tracks.

   This set features every surviving out-take from EMI’s vaults, along with rare recordings from original acetates in the Monro Estate Collection. It includes every Hoagy Carmichael song that Matt ever recorded, plus a non-Carmichael ‘B’ side recorded during the album sessions.

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