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There's A Song In The Air
Monte Rey
There's A Song In The Air
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (28) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (29) - Disc #2

Born James Montgomery Fyfe on October 5th 1900, Monte Rey as he later became known did not truly begin his singing career until he was 26 years old, relatively late in showbiz! — Having been sponsored by the Duchess Of Mont...  more »

     
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All Artists: Monte Rey
Title: There's A Song In The Air
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Avid Easy
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 11/6/2007
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Easy Listening, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 5022810192220

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Born James Montgomery Fyfe on October 5th 1900, Monte Rey as he later became known did not truly begin his singing career until he was 26 years old, relatively late in showbiz!

Having been sponsored by the Duchess Of Montrose and the film star Jack Buchanan amongst others he decided to take classical singing seriously and left for Milan, Italy to study under singing teacher Briano Onielo (who comically turned out to be an Irishman named Brian O'Neil)!

As Montgomery Fyffe he appeared in many prestigious London venues such as the Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall. CD 2 includes all the songs Monte recorded under the Fyffe name, but finally by 1934 he had become the Monte Rey that we remember so well.

Joining Geraldo after a series of successful radio shows he stayed with him until 1939 alongside working with Joe Loss until 1941. During this period Monte also undertook a series of recordings for transmission by Radio Luxembourg which comprise arguably his finest body of work. We present 27 examples of this fine work on CD 1. Our final selections for this wonderful Avid Easy release feature five Scottish songs including a glorious live version of Annie Laurie...there was not a dry eye in the house when he closed with this number!

A superb collection full of both popular and rare unreleased material that show Monte Rey deserves his place among the great tenors of the day such as John McCormack and Richard Tauber.

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TIME TO REAPPRAISE MONTE REY
Barry McCanna | Normandy, France | 11/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The cover of this 2-CD set reads: "A veritable treasure trove of 57 tracks, many appearing for the first time, and including all of the surviving recordings from his early "Montgomery Fyfe" days. Plus rare broadcast material with "The Ovaltineys" and Geraldo." If explanation is needed, James Montgomery Fyfe was a trained operatic tenor who switched from a classical career in 1934 when he joined Geraldo and adopted the persona of Monte Rey. All of which is well traced in the discography and Hugh Palmer's liner note, from which it is clear that Monte Rey is due a reappraisal. This fine compilation casts fresh light on someone who is best remembered for his dance band recordings but who deserves to be celebrated also as one of the true bel canto tenors. It should appeal to lovers of good singing generally, and dance band and radio broadcast enthusiasts in particular"