July 2011

I can’t begin to tell you just how busy Richard and I have been in the last month, we’ve even had to diarise time to eat – that is how ridiculous the juggling has been with deadlines for the paperback edits, special edition updates, Fans Reunited, Launch Party, visual splicing and audio clips, quizzes and goodie bags, WH Smith Bookazine, exclusive one hour radio show for hospital radio, 6 months of Siren radio pre-records, 6 month of Spotlight interviews to prep, The Singer’s Singer CD notes to write, 20 track CD to put together for the Bookazine, normal updates for website, Facebook and the like, radio interviews in-between, 2 days of filming for One Show (keep it very quiet), Vintage Southbank Show to prep and order stock for and that is only what is immediate.

I got the FINAL proof from Titan on Friday 24 June, which I was supposed to sign off on the following Monday. I had already done a further three proofs for spelling errors but it has taken Titan since November to do their through. They didn’t find any spelling mistakes but were supposed to be checking the text realignment and consistency throughout the manuscript. Well I was up to 106 on the first look through and was still counting at midnight and to make matters worse ALL the pictures were suddenly in the wrong place, that means all the text would have moved to different pages – it was/is a nightmare to the highest degree. I’ll give you an example – one section of the book goes up to page 419 and the next chapter should start at 456 but it starts on page 418 and then for the rest of the book the pages are out by a count of 50. Well of course that means all the information is wrong in the Index pages.

When the book first went to bed, Titan did not do what they promised, in that the proofing stages were for the most part ignored and so the first edition had a number of unnecessary mistakes. I was able to correct these and add quotes by Pete Conway and Robbie Williams in later editions (we are on the 5th reprint at the moment). With that in mind I wanted to ensure that the paperback is faultless and the proofing should have been a simple enough job!!!!

I cannot believe that Titan have strung it out for more than six months. I have been back time and time again saying I wanted to get it done and dusted ahead of the deadline so that all we had to do was push the button at the given time but Titan stood resolute that there wasn’t any hurry. I could see disaster signs when the first proof arrived and it was a mess. I begged Titan to get moving so I could clear it before my other projects needed addressing but all they were concerned about was their diary. I can only hope that the finished product will be worth it!

Since the release of the special edition last year Special Reserve, Richard and I have continued with our research and have unearthed quite a lot of new content. I am now having the book reprinted with an additional 16 pages of content and I am hoping to have the edition available as an upgrade to anyone that originally purchased the set. Full details will be available by August.

Chris Dean

Chris Dean from the Syd Lawrence Orchestra having read the Singers Singer between rehearsals and now on to the Special Reserve.

In between everything I had the last six of my teeth out and the last 6 implants in. 28 stitches and I looked like the Elephant Man, no neck at all and no real food for 10 days. It wasn’t too bad but the pain was challenging on certain days. Unfortunately the implants on the lowers (I have the uppers already) will not be ready for the launch so I will have a normal denture made and hope it stays in this time round.

Then I have to get Max ready for university so for obvious reasons I have put off moving until I get back from my trip next year. I have no idea where the first six months of the year have gone and however corny that sounds, it is absolutely fact. It must have something to do with age in that the older you get the shorter the days seem to get.

Because of the time schedule I haven’t been on the Forum as much as usual but I would like to wish both long running members – Lena & Harry Smith and Marian and Peter Down belated anniversaries. 57 and 46 years respectively – what a feat. Congratulations to all our members that celebrated special days in June and July and here’s to many more special days in the future.

On a sadder note, last month saw the passing of Cyril Ornadel. Cyril, for anyone who doesn’t know, was responsible for writing ‘Portrait of My Love’. It was strange really in that when mum got sick and was referred to a chest specialist, it turned out to be Cyril’s son Dan, and for that reason we had touched base again. Dan even took my book ‘The Singer’s Singer’ over to Israel for his father, a copy, which I had personally signed, so I hope he enjoyed reliving the memories. I am sure Cyril will still be making music wherever he is.

As you know the Fan’s Reunited gathering is to be followed up by a party at EMI, which is being hosted by the record company and Titan Publishing. The evening is to celebrate the legacy that dad left behind and is to tie in with a double release, the first being the newly packaged EMI set The Singer’s Singer, which will come out on Monday 12th September and the second offering is the paperback, which will come out on Friday 23rd September. Both of these items will be available at the event so if you would like a signed item I would advise that you don’t pre-order either product. Unfortunately the American release of the paperback will not be out until Tuesday 28th February 2012 but that is mainly to do with the fact that I will be over there shortly after and will be able to promote it properly.


One other tidbit is that Titan are finally going to release the manuscript as an EBook and I know that is something a lot of you have asked for. It has taken a while to get the go-ahead but it is nice to know that we are catching up with modern technology.

Richard has just finished remastering ‘The Singer’s Singer’ CD set, which became a tougher job than first anticipated.  Originally released in 2001, only 3000 were made available and the item has long since been deleted from the catalogue list. This time round only the discs will be offered in a standard slipcase but at a much more competitive price. It is actually amazing at the difference in sound and Richard has managed to grab all the original masters from the vaults of Capitol and EMI, well all except Dyna’s tracks Memory and Be My Lady. We have a classic case of Dyna saying they sent it to EMI Asia and Asia saying they never received it. Unfortunately Howard Dy has chosen to be unresponsive to our requests to search their archives thoroughly or to take responsibility for the masters that they seem to have lost.


Something else you might not know about is the availability of a ‘bookazine’ in August/September of this year. I am very excited about this as it will gives us a good focal point in the shops. The product is a mixture of a 64-page magazine and a 20-track disc exclusively produced for WH Smith. I have just finished writing the content of the magazine and waded through more that several thousand photographs in the hope that I could select about 60, the majority of which were not included in the book. This disc will include two tracks never released to CD before and four tracks that have only appeared on compact disc once – but again the whole running order has been remastered to bring out the best sound possible.

The exciting thing about the project is that it is something completely new to us and as a WH Smith exclusive it should have very good visibility within their larger stores. I haven’t got an exact date for release yet but it will be slightly later than planned because there was a hold-up waiting for the template. We also decided at the very last minute that as well as the magazine and the new album (The Man Behind the Voice) we are going to include the original 7” vinyl of ‘Portrait of My Love’, which will be a fantastic keepsake for the more enthusiastic fans amongst you. More news next month but we should see it in the stores late August.

I am still making an appearance every Wednesday on Siren 107.8FM’s ‘Midweek Drive’. The weekly slot allows me to select some of the lesser-known tracks of dad and that is wonderful as it gives me a chance to play a broader range. It seems Siren and I are joined at the hip because Alex rang me again asking for an addition chit chat on Saturday 11 June where we were joined by Shane Rimmer (voice Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds), Sheila Logan (theatrical agent) and Graham Harper (Dr Who Director). You might also like to know that all three will be attending the party in September so I feel very lucky that our guest list is shaping up so well.

Siren have actually asked me to pre-record shows for the dates I am not here next year although we are hoping to do a few live phone-ins from Australia and America so that should be both fun and challenging. Alex also hosts a radio show for Southside Broadcasting and Sunday 26 June saw me pop in to chat with Tallulah Rendall (another guest at the party). She has just released her second album and was doing an appearance at the James Cook University Hospital (which covers Middlesborough) that day which is pretty cool. What a shame that the amp fell on her foot and she broke her toe.


Lana Doughty pictured with auction winner Gail Dunn.


Lana bought the item, which was beautifully packaged and waiting for her friend Gail as he is a mad Western fan.

Alex is also an avid campaigner of charity and local radio awareness and he is going to attempt to break a record rather than spin them when he hosts a radio show from an elevator. Alex is aiming to broadcast from Saltburn Cliff Lift for at least 8 hours to secure a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The big day kicks off on Friday 1 July but if you miss it live then you can go to:

I also pre-recorded an interview for a special radio broadcast on John Barry for GTFM Radio, which will air very soon as well as a very special hour’s programme on dad for BBC 3 Counties. Remember that all the radio shows that I feature on are all attached to the relevant dates in the Forum. That way you can listen to any programme at your leisure.

The other thing that kept me busy was the recording of a special radio show that I am hosting on Kingstown Radio on Saturday 16 July. It is their 50th anniversary and I will be highlighting songs from that inaugural year, 1961. I am not sure what time the 30 minute programme will air yet but if you want more details keep an eye on their website.

It is has just been confirmed that I am back at the Vintage weekend in 2011. Although at Glorious Goodwood last year, the venue has been moved to London which is much better as far as I am concerned as it means a lot more people will be able to attend as well as some of the thousands of tourists that hit London at that time of the year. Vintage will be held at the Southbank Centre on 29/30/31 July. I’d love to see some of you there and will be happy to sign any books that have been purchased last year.
You might also like to know that my brother Matt is appearing at the festival on the second day, that is Saturday 30th July but I am not sure which venue he will be in, but it will be somewhere within the Royal Festival Hall.

Geraldine has since informed me that a lot of people have failed to renew their memberships of ‘Friends of Matt Monro’, even though we did not increase the dues in five years. It would seem that the club is in real danger of having to finish, which is rather sad, but I do understand that monies are tight and purses have to be pulled in. If on the other hand you have merely forgotten to renew then contact Geraldine Vine at or access our website and go through to the ‘News’ page. By scrolling down the page you will find the heading ‘Friends of Matt Monro’ and print off an application form.

Membership includes a Welcome Pack and four issues of our exclusive newsletter. Where possible we give you advanced access to concert tickets and pre-sales as well as the opportunity of purchasing tickets for concerts, personal appearances and special gatherings. The Newsletter also features discounts on exclusive merchandise and Geraldine runs several competitions with the chance to win tickets and merchandise. Membership is £15.00 single/£18.00 joint membership for fans in England or £18.00 single/£21.00 joint membership for overseas fans.

In an effort to stay abreast with technology last year saw the appearance of my very own Facebook page - and now EMI have followed suit with a dedicated Matt Monro Facebook page. It would be wonderful if you could pop in and become a fan, the more the merrier - It will hopefully mean that we can reach even more people, some who might not know about the website.

Please don’t forget to let me know if you have anything related to dad, whether a story, a photo or an old radio show. Or maybe you have some old VHS formats laying in the attic that might have a television show on it. We can always have it transferred for you at our costs. As Richard and I unearth these rarities we are constantly told “but we thought you must have it”. Please don’t be shy; you might have something we are looking for.


Trustees of Forest Dog Rescue receiving a generous donation of £2100

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I am also thrilled to announce that I am taking several months off next year. On 9th January 2012 I am hitching a ride aboard P&O Arcadia and making my way to Australia. I have family there that I haven’t seen in 40 years and I thought it time to drop in for tea. Mum and dad visited the country fifteen times and always raved about it so I decided that if I don’t get going now I might never get across the pond. I certainly couldn’t fly; I’d die en-route of claustrophobia or the like. I will be spending about five weeks in the country travelling to Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and of course The Great Barrier Reef and I am hoping to meet up with some of you along the way. My route back is slightly different and the 15 April will see me board the Sea Princess in Sydney and go across to San Francisco. I will then meet Marian Spence (Johnnie Spence’s wife) in Las Vegas before heading to her home in Los Angeles. There are dozens of port stops along route so again I am hoping for the chance to meet up with lots of you from that side of the world, as I won’t fly back to London until June. With Max firmly ensconced in University, this will take my mind off what will be a very hard parting of the ways. I have had either my mum or Max at my side for the last 25 years so it will be a difficult transition, so I thought an adventure was called for.

Business will carry on as usual because in this day and age everything can be done by either telephone or email. I am delighted to announce that next year’s release will be The Rarer Monro but I have scheduled it for September so that will give me plenty of time to work on it and do the relevant publicity for the project once I get back.

Our Spotlight feature this month looks at the impact that Geoff Love made on the music world as well as an extra feature on one of our very own members – Robert McCloud.

Check out the ‘Rough Guide to’, which is available towards the bottom of the Homepage. A few of you have mentioned that 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.

Until August here’s wishing you a wonderful 2011 and may your year be filled with music.

Michele Monro



Have you dreamed of enjoying, from your best-in-house seat,
the definitive, declarative Lun Tha performance
of anticipated love, from The King And I?
Are you a determined Dorothy clinging to the hope
of someday flying, like little bluebirds,
to the happy land you heard of in a lullaby?
Maybe you’ve grown accustomed to the face
that enriches your life, at the price of your independence,
simply by its presence about the place.
You may wish to commiserate with ‘star-cross’d lovers’
Tony and Maria who dream of escaping
their Romeo and Juliet-strain feudal pain,
or congratulate Don Lockwood on celebrating
his new-found, worry-free status
by doing a defiant song and dance act in the pouring rain.
You may have a taste for epic adventure,
perhaps the tale of a one-man impossible mission
to grapple unto death, in the noblest of causes,
with the ilk of the Spanish Inquisition.
You may have waited to escort, to an occasional
high class Ball, a cool sophisticated lady
and then declared: ‘You’re sensational!’
Lastly, let Lachesis convince you
that when you wish upon a star, Walt Disney style,
 your dream really could come true.

Should you wish to be transported
to these intuitively interpreted theatrical whimsies,
each sojourn capable of stealing the show,
then climb aboard the musical magic carpet
of the matchlessly mellifluous Mr Matt Monro.


                                                                        Keith Good




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