BACK in the 60s while there were talent shows, there was nothing to rival the impact of such as Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor.
So it was all the more remarkable when a bus driver from London climbed to international fame.
Such was the life of the legendary Matt Monro who achieved world- wide success with songs such as the Bond theme, From Russia With Love, and the title song for the film Born Free.
Sadly, Matt died of liver cancer in 1985, but his legacy lives on in the form of his son, Matt junior.
Matt jnr’s career started as far back as 1977 when, as a 13-year-old, he was invited by his father to join him on stage to perform a duet.
A year after his father died, the young gun performed to more than 2,000 people at a tribute to his dad in the Grosvenor House Hotel.
From there, Matt decided to carve out a career for himself in the music business.
He has toured the world putting his own interpretations to his dad’s songs and, 16 years ago using new technology, he was able to sing with his father again on an album, Matt Sing Monro.
Now, Monro the younger is at the Pavilion Theatre with his new show, Matt Monro Jnr... Born To Sing, which will include many of his father’s hit songs.
The show is on tomorrow evening (October 14) and begins at 7.30pm.
Tickets costs between £13.50 and £15.50 and are available from the box office.