"On the 17 May 2022 at 12.30pm at 14 Ruxley Lane, Ewell, Surrey a plaque will be officially unveiled at the home of Matt Monro by his son Matt Monro Jr before his performance at the Epsom Playhouse that evening. His daughter Michele will also be there.
Matt Monro, the Man with the Golden Voice, was one of the most popular singers during the 1960s and 1970s. Born Terence Edward Parsons, he took a stage name suggested by the pianist Winifred Atwell. Early success in the 1950s had evaporated by the end of the decade when he was holding down jobs including road sweeper, bus driver and milkman – he worked for Unigate out of their depo in Ruxley Lane. His main bus route (enlivened, towards the end of the trip, by a serenade for customers) was in London but he also drove the 418 on the Kingston, Surrey route. In 1960 he recorded a song for Peter Sellers produced by George Martin, with whom he had a lifelong friendship, and by 1961 he was named Top International Act by Billboard: next year he sang the title song for From Russia with Love. In 1965 he made the first recording of Yesterday, the most recorded song of all time, given to him by Paul McCartney as it was more his type than a Beatles song. The next year he recorded Born Free which became his signature song. In 1969 "On Days Like These" became the theme song used in the opening credits of the 1969 movie"The Italian Job". Matt Monro continued singing and touring almost up to his death in 1985 of liver cancer."
The Italian Job 1969 intro:-
Edited by mab01uk, 13 May 2022 - 04:23 PM.