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He was truck and bus driver, but singing was his greatest passion. In 1954 , he performed for the first time on and two years later he already had success. He got a record deal and the late 1950s to 1974 , he settled in the hit parade. Monro called the singing bus driver because he was early in his career among other bus driver was. The pianist Winifred Atwell devised his pseudonym and helped him to a contract with Decca Records.
Although Monro released an album in the 1950s, came only in the 1960s his career really off the ground. Billboard called him in 1961 to Top International Act. Monro sang the title song from the Bond film From Russia With Love (film) (1963). In 1964 , he took part in the Eurovision Song Contest and finished in second place behind Gigliola Cinquetti with I love the little things. The Austrian participant Udo Jürgens was sixth. Monro took his song Warum nur warum so well that he covered as Walk away, with an English text of his manager Don Black. In the same year he scored a big hit with it. When he in 1965 before The Beatles released the song Yesterday that was also a hit.In 1966 he took a hit with the written by John Barry and Don Black title track for the movie Born Free that his anthem was.
Matt Monro died by firing squad to liver cancer.
- Portrait Of My Love "1960 (UK # 3)
- My Kind Of Girl 1961 (USA # 18, UK # 5)
- Softly As I Leave You 1962 (UK # 10)
- From Russia With Love 1963 (UK # 20)
- Walk Away 1964 (US # 23, UK # 4)
- Yesterday's 1965 (UK # 8)
- And You Smiled 1973 (UK # 28)