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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Music with Matt Munro

Last night we watched a documentary on Matt Munro. He had an incredible voice and after a slow start to his career evntually found fame and fortune after moving to the USA. On his return to the UK he was then given the acknowledgement that he deserved, but it makes you wonder why the British can't appreciate their own home grown musicians without a struggle.
This all brought back many memories for Robin. In the late 70's and early 80's he did a lot of session work, both on classical and electric guitar, and consequently played with many big names.
At the time Robin was listening to bands like 'Tower of Power', and performing in his own band 'Force Ten', (more on them another time), as well as his classical concerts which were beginning to take off.
Even though he didn't naturally listen to the 'crooner' style of singing, he could certainly appreciate it.
During this period he worked many times with Matt Monro, usually for week long stints at various venues around the country. He therefore played songs such as 'Portrait of My Love', 'My Kind of Girl', 'From Russia With Love', and 'Born Free'.
Listening to these tracks reminded Robin of many of these shows. One memorable occasion Robin trapped one of his fingers on the left hand adjusting a stool seconds before the gig started, but despite the throbbing digit, he made it through the performance.
Matt Monro was an entertainer in every aspect of his shows which made it a pleasure for any of the band members to work with him.


Mark Goodwin said...

I agree, Matt was a great performer, singer and generally nice guy.

Kenny Clare was one of the greatest drummers, not only in the UK but the world. At one time Tony Bennett wouldn't do a gig if Kenny wasn't available! Kenny was my idol, and I'm proud to say sometime teacher. I say was because sadly Kenny passed away in the early '80s from Cancer. Matt would always use Kenny on his recordings when ever possible, and because of my interest in Kenny I would buy Matt's records so I could listen and learn from Kenny. Imagine my horror and mixed feelings when Matt was booked to play in a club where I was the resident drummer in 1972. Knowing that Matt was used to the likes of Kenny Clare behind him I was a little apprehensive to say the least. Of course I needn't have been, I played the best I could for that week, and although there were a couple of 'shaky moments' Matt was ever the gentlemen, and made no comment about them, he simply put my mind at rest and said "just enjoy it, the audience aren't going to notice those little things."

Anna said...

Hi Mark,
Thanks very much for your comments. Robin remembers Kenny Clare although didn't actually play with him.
It must have been a great, if not daunting, experience for you to plat with Matt but sounds like you pulled it off!
Matt was right, the more you enjoy it, the less the audience will notice any mistakes!
If you're still playing, then enjoy!!

Anna said...

That should, of course, say play with Matt rather than plat with Matt. That is what happens when you try to work when children are around !