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James Mongomery Fyfe a.k.a. Monte Rey


James Montgomery Fyfe [aka 'Monte Rey'] was born on October 5th 1900. 'Monte Rey', as he later became known, did not truly begin his singing career until he was 26 years old. 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 Fyfe' he appeared in many prestigious London venues such as the Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall. By 1934 he had become the 'Monte Rey' that many remember well. He joined Geraldo after a series of successful radio shows and 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.

The Stars Will Remember
Waiting in the Rain
Give me the Stars AND Kiss me Tonight


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