The Boy from Shoreditch – The Story of Matt Monro

The Boy from Shoreditch – The Story of Matt Monro

Show Info

Hosted by: Michele Monro

Show Times

Timezone: GMT [UTC]
Tue:
13:00 - 14:00
Wed:
10:00 - 11:00
Sat:
17:00 - 18:00

About the Show


The programmes are written and narrated by Matt’s daughter and biographer Michele Monro and features an intimate portrait of the man behind the voice, drawing on previously un-broadcast interviews, extremely rare recordings previously thought lost, interviews with his family and friends and messages from some of his more famous fans.

Matt tells his own story where possible, drawn from around a hundred hours of interviews between 1962 and 1984.

With contributions from Matt’s siblings, Alice & Harry Parsons, his wife Mickie, his son Matt Monro Jnr and some of Matt’s famous friends and fans Quincy Jones, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Martin, Anton Du Beck, Cliff Richard, Dave Allen, Bruce Forsyth, June Marlow, Billy May, Rosemary Squires, Tony Christie, Helen Shapiro, David Hamilton, Bob Monkhouse, Frankie Vaughan, Buddy Greco, Tony Bennett, Johnnie Mathis, Bernie Clifton, Duncan Norvelle, Lance Ellington, Bobby Crush, Joe Mantegna, Barry Cryer and many others associated with the late singer.

The series draws on the estate’s extensive archive of rare material featuring:

  • Never before broadcast appearances on radio in Hong Kong whilst in the army along with his first recordings
  • Previously thought lost performances from the BBC Showband Show, Lunchbox, 1964 Song for Europe, Parade of the Pops, 1966 Royal Command Performance and more
  • Audio from lost TV appearances including, Cilla, Val Doonican and Petula Clark
  • Rare and unheard live recordings, demos and jingles.
  • Recording session clips and more
  • The series of course also features many of his most famous recordings

The script was written and presented by Michele Monro and produced by Richard Moore.

Episode summary

  • Episode 1 – From his birth to early fame including the army years, Early recording and radio career and first steps to fame.
  • Episode 2 – His first hit, Portrait of my Love and working with George Martin, through to Eurovision and Lennon and McCartney
  • Episode 3 – Signing with Capitol and worldwide fame, through to his South African tour and making a movie.
  • Episode 4 – His split with Capitol, later career and final illness. Also features his legacy and messages from famous fans.

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