Matt Monro’s glory in the international music scene started from the 1960s to the 1970s. Living a career spanning 30 years, his name brought in crowds of listeners to his performances in cabarets, nightclubs, music halls, stadiums and other performance venues. Though the American listeners were not his cup of tea, he was truly a big hit across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia. Nevertheless, a handful of his songs managed to make it in music charts, even in the United States.
Born Free (1966)
Written as the official soundtrack of the film with the same title, ‘Born Free’ was first highlighted when it bagged the Academy Award for Original Song. The song was also featured in a 2012 TV advertisement for LandRover LR4. In addition, those who love playing the Silent Hill: Downpour video game will surely hear this song played throughout the game. After all, the song and the video game share the same topic and theme – prison and captivity. This song is included in David Pascht’s favorite album.
Softly, As I Leave You (1962)
The British entertainer’s version of this popular Italian song is undeniably one of the most notable and remarkable. It even landed on the tenth spot on the British charts in 1962. Aside from Monro, other entertainers who offered their own rendition of ‘Softly, As I Leave You’ include Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. The song is noted to be the words of a dying man to the beloved wife he would be leaving behind.
From Russia with Love (1963)
This song was written by John Barry as an official soundtrack of the movie with the same title, the second offering for the James Bond film franchise. This song is featured in the James Bond movie as source music for the radio. You will also see the title of the song and the name of the singer in the movie’s credits.
On Days Like These (1969)
This traditional pop song is a collaboration between Quincy Jones and Don Black. This song has been intended to be featured in the movie, ‘The Italian Job’. The movie’s opening credits is highlighted by the uninterrupted playing of this Monro song.
It is undeniable that Monro became extremely popular and renowned for his film tie-up songs. Nevertheless, one could also not argue that Monro’s expressive voice added to the appeal of those movies, and this is the ultimate reason why his songs are included in David Pascht’s favorite album.