NEWS

July 2015

I’m not sure where June has gone but suffice to say I blinked and it was over and so to I hope the dismal weather. In the first week of the month it was said we were in for a blistering month! They must have been talking about another country because all Telford saw was a lot of rain. I’ve been trying to seal my garden slabs and for that I need 12 hours of dry and windless weather and all I managed was an area of about two meters. On one of the days it emphatically predicted no rain and so I got all the paraphernalia out and in two hours managed to coat my coping stones and then off I went tot the nursery to treat myself to a few plants. Less than two hours later the heavens opened and I now have lovely round rings from where the rain settled.  The tin did stress that once coated it would be permanent. Not a look I would recommend.

I think the stress of the last year, yes I moved on 30th June 2014, finally got to me and I was forced to cancel two of my cruises on Celebrity but I am feeling decidedly better now and am due to join the Constellation on 19th July in Venice. I love the city and it will be interesting where the ship will be docked as I was on one of the very last cruises that was allowed near St Mark’s Square last September. It would seem that pollution has become a problem so all ships now have to harbour somewhere else. I’m just hoping it isn’t in the middle of nowhere or in one of the container ports as that would not make for a pretty scenic shot!

I was quite surprised by the number of requests I received for dad’s back catalogue but congratulations to everyone that was able to complete their collections. I had quite a few rarities that haven’t been available on the Internet in years so I’m thrilled I’ve been able to make a few people happy.

It would be impossible to list everything that I am selling but suffice to say if you have anything missing from your collections, whether vinyl, CD, cassette or song sheet, then drop me a line. I am selling each item at £5.00 plus postage, as after costs, the money will go to the Macmillan Society in memory of mum and dad.

Most of the furniture has now been sold on EBay but I still have to factor in a yard sale in the next month or two but I want to wait for the nice weather as a lot of it will have to be displayed outside and space is at a premium.

My poor son tore his knee ligaments playing football a few weeks ago and his is in a knee brace and on crutches and probably will be for the next month or so. He is now waiting for a MRI but that could take weeks to come to fruition. The injury has put a stop to the work he was doing in the garden for me as well as the items being sold on EBay but you can still check in and look under the seller english_max. to see what has been listed.

Sky Art has licensed dad’s Australian concert for the next year it is already in rotation. ‘An Evening With Matt Monro’ was remastered using HD technology by Jonathan Wood at the BBC a few years back whereas the original film was scanned in high resolution, cleaned and made to look as close to the original video quality when broadcast using a process called VidFire. Despite the fact that the original broadcast was in standard definition the remastered version looks even better on the Sky Arts HD channel

Last month I mention that in the USA a couple years ago they changed the copyright law so that the rights to all sound recordings reverted to the artist after 25 years. This only affected recordings made after 1972 though, but it did see a shift in some artists leaving labels they'd been at for years and leasing them to other companies. Paul Simon moved his solo catalogue to Warner from Sony for instance which I believe happened worldwide, so it looks as though it's down to where the contract was originally based rather than different rules for different countries.

In Congress they are currently debating making the date much earlier. This could be interesting. It could mean that dad's Capitol recordings - as they were made with a US company - could revert to the estate meaning I would have full rights to everything he recorded from 1966 to 1971.

Now Capitol is in the news again. In the last two weeks I have received paperwork regarding a class legal action suit against Capitol by The Northern District of California United States District Court. It would seem that a proposed settlement has been reached in several related class action lawsuits over how certain U.S labels calculated royalties for digital downloads, mastertones and streams of recordings. The settlement provides a Fund in respect of past royalties paid and increased royalties for future digital downloads and mastertones. Watch this space…..

It would appear that Warner Music have woken up and decided there is money to be made in utilising the vast back catalogue they acquired in the sale. On 3rd June I received an email from the record company.

Dear Michele
Hope you are well.
Rhino UK are looking to release a 2 on 1 Series featuring the artists Matt Monro & Shirley Bassey.  Details as per below along with the proposed track listing.
May we please ask you to confirm approval by return?
Many thanks for your help.
Best, Kath
 
2 on 1 series overview
The 2 on 1 series brings together Warner artists that complement each other both musically and demographically.
This series maximises both profile and sales potential for the artists involved due to

  • Fresh packaging
  • Renewed retail support
  • Digital marketing


This far the series has produced 2 releases, The Very Best Of Chicago & Foreigner, which has sold 63,000 units in the UK and Aretha Franklin & Otis Reading which has sold 15,000 units in the UK.

Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever
Shirley Bassey History Repeating
Shirley Bassey Big Spender
Shirley Bassey Goldfinger
Shirley Bassey Kiss me Honey Honey
Shirley Bassey As Long As He Needs Me
Shirley Bassey Moonraker
Shirley Bassey Something
Shirley Bassey For All We Know
Shirley Bassey Never Never Never
Shirley Bassey Light My Fire
Shirley Bassey I Who have Nothing
Shirley Bassey (Where Do I Begin) Love Story
Shirley Bassey As I Love You
Shirley Bassey Climb Ev'ry Mountain
Shirley Bassey What Kind Of Fool Am I?
Shirley Bassey If You Go Away
Shirley Bassey Ill get By (As Long As I have You)
Shirley Bassey You’ll Never Know
Shirley Bassey This Is My Life

Matt Monro Born Free
Matt Monro Softly As I Leave You
Matt Monro From Russia With Love
Matt Monro The Impossible Dream
Matt Monro You make Me feel So Young
Matt Monro On Days Like This
Matt Monro Walk Away
Matt Monro Around The World
Matt Monro My Love & Devotion
Matt Monro Michelle
Matt Monro On A Clear Day You can see Forever
Matt Monro Somewhere
Matt Monro Gonna Build A Mountain
Matt Monro Who Can I Turn To
Matt Monro Portrait Of My Love
Matt Monro My Kind Of Girl
Matt Monro For mama
Matt Monro yesterday
Matt Monro This Time
Matt Monro Were Gonna Change The World
Matt Monro This is The Life
 

I replied that in principal I have no objection to the release although  'You Make Me Feel So Young' is an odd one to pick as it comes from ‘Matt Uncovered’ and whilst the quality is okay, it is not really as good as the rest. They replied that they were looping in the product manager. That was on 11 June and guess what? I am still awaiting a reply.

Please note that the addition by Hallmark on Amazon of an audio CD of “Love is the Same Anywhere” is NOT an official release and in my opinion it is badly restored from battered vinyl!

Talking on new findings. Richard and I are continually scouring the Internet for any new additions. Over the past two years they have been several uploads to YouTube for a Spanish TV show that dad did back in the day called Galas de Sabado but we have been unable to find out any more information or indeed the complete show.

Last week I found a different clip on YouTube which I assumed must come from Galas Sabado but after writing a note to the gentleman who put the clip up we have found that it comes from a Spanish television show that dad did on 9th August 1969. The channel is TVE and the programme is called ‘Burbujas (Bubbles in English). I am delighted that we are now able to update our information and the best news is that we now have a copy of the complete broadcast.

The David Nixon footage has now turned up online. Freddie Davis sent me a copy some years ago but it didn’t contain the whole show. This is not the best quality but as well at dad’s skit with David Nixon and Freddie Dais it also has dad’s solo version of "Sarah's Coming Home" which I thought you might like to see.

 

Richard and I have now had permission from Warner to take over dad’s Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/mattmonro

The new CD ‘Operation Santa’ is doing very well and if you haven’t got your copy yet then don’t dilly-dally. Richard has once again done the most amazing job at remastering the material and I am thrilled that it has now joined our new release list.

In December 1962 Matt was invited to sing at a special charity concert in Hong Kong where he had previously been stationed in the Army. This was part of the annual 'Operation Santa Claus' fund raising event organised by Radio Hong Kong. He was involved in many events across 5 days culminating in the concert at City Hall which was broadcast live on Radio Hong Kong but not archived by them. Thankfully Matt was given a recording as a souvenir, which was rediscovered a few years ago and this is presented here for the first time anywhere since its original broadcast.

Also included is an interview recorded with Ted Thomas from the same trip. Two bonus tracks are included from previously lost radio broadcasts. It comes with a 12-page booklet containing notes by Matt's daughter and biographer Michele Monro along with rare or previously unpublished photographs from the Monro estate archives. The initial 500 copies of the set come with an extra 4-page booklet celebrating the work of Mickie & Michele Monro in the years since Matt's passing.

1. All Of You 2. Without A Song 3. Portrait Of My Love 4. My Kind Of Girl 5. What Kind Of Fool Am I? 6. My Love And Devotion 7. (Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey 8. I Guess It Was You All the Time 9. What Now My Love? 10. When The Saints Go Marching In 11 - 22. Matt Speaks To Ted Thomas Bonus Tracks 23. Look For A Star 24. Christmas Magic

Odeon Entertainment’s new DVD of dad’s television performances. “Around the World’ was almost nine months in the making and the frustration of dealing with foreign television archivists was enough for one to give up the will to live. In the early years dad’s television appearances also saw him perform in skits and finding Red Skelton’s “Let’s face the Music and Dance’ was a joy. Every time I watch the footage I fall about laughing, it is just too fabulous.

Unfortunately there were quite a few problems that occurred before the master pressing and with Alan Byron away the mistakes were put through un-noticed so just for clarity here is what is actually on the DVD. Please also note the running time is 65 minutes plus extras.

The Show listing on the disc runs:

Saturday Night at the Mill:

Portrait/Walk Away/ Born Free Medley

Harty:
You Bring Out the Best in Me
Interview

The Mike Walsh Show:
Georgia
If I Never Sing Another Song

Miss England 1975:
The Second Time Around
My Kind of Girl
You and Me Against the World

The Reg Varney Revue:
Chattanooga Choo Choo

Nana Mouskouri (Show of the Week):
Curiouser and Curiouser
When You Wish Upon a Star

The Rolf Harris Show:
We’re Gonna Change the World
Walk Away

The Des O’Connor Show (The Kraft Music Hall Show):

That Old Black Magic (Duet with Des O’Connor)

The Novello Awards 1969/1970:
You Made Me Feel So Very Happy
My Way

The Big Show (Export Title: Showtime)
Rain Sometimes
Just in Time
I Have Dreamed

The Red Skelton Hour:
Let’s Face the Music and Dance

 
Extra Tracks:

Saturday Night at the Mill
:
If I Never Sing Another Song

The Mike Walsh Show:
The Second Time Around

Please don’t forget to leave your own reviews either on the Matt Monro Forum or Amazon. They are so important and one never knows whether the record companies are looking in. It could well make the difference between releasing something soon or not. The power of the written word is all-powerful

 

Matt Monro Jnr might be visiting a theatre near you in the latter part of the year when he goes back on the road with the 30th anniversary tour. If your ‘local’ isn’t on the list then ring the theatre and ask why they are not bringing it in. If they know there is an interest they might very well add it to their schedule. The Matt Monro Story is already booked in to over 24 venues with more being added all the time. Make sure you grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

 

Cruise Calendar 2015/2016

19 July – 2 August – Celebrity Constellation
30 August – 13 September – Celebrity Eclipse
13 September – 27 September – Celebrity Eclipse
10 October– 21 October – Celebrity Eclipse
21 October – 1 November – Celebrity Eclipse
5 January – 16 February – Cruise & Maritime Magellan

Don’t forget to check out our Spotlight feature this month, I know so many of you enjoy them. This time round we look in on The Seekers.

Check out the ‘Rough Guide to mattmonro.com’, which is available towards the bottom of the Homepage. If you don’t know how to access certain areas of the site or in fact are unaware of new areas, this guide will explain how easy this website is to get around, once you know how.

There is also another information box “How to Use the Forum’. I know a lot of people have been tempted to join in on some of our conversations but are slightly nervous of doing so. For that reason I have printed step-by-step instructions of how to access it. It really does only take a few minutes.

Whatever the coming year holds, suffice to say that I shall be plugging Matt Monro’s music at every opportunity.  That is the wonderful thing about working the ships, it gives me a brand new audience each time and if then, a small percentage go home a fan, then it is worth all the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention the Bay of Biscay!!!!

Until next month
Warmest to you and yours

Michele

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