The very underrated Matt Monro (Terry Parsons, Fred Flange) always gives respite from the unrelenting dissonance of the day. I know this is controversial but I’ve always thought that he was far more interesting than Sinatra, Como, Williams and the like (and to their credit they pretty much acknowledged this). For my money Nat King Cole was the bossman of the crooner genre. Matt had great producers (George Martin) and great writers (Quincy Jones, Don Black, John Barry, Lionel Bart amongst others). Below is a favourite song of mine, the second video tells Matt’s story.
He drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney
— George Martin