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Shirley performer seeking to revive Perry Como's Magic Moments

Diehard Perry Como fan Matthew Long from Shirley is appealing for anyone who attended the American crooner's one and only tour of the UK to get in touch.

Matthew Long
Matthew Long

Diehard Perry Como fan Matthew Long from Shirley is appealing for anyone who attended the American crooner’s one and only tour of the UK to get in touch.

Matthew, a professional singer and founder of the UK’s Perry Como Appreciation Society, has started an archive of memories and memorabilia dedicated to the 1975 Perry Como British Tour – and he needs your help to fill in the gaps.

Perry Como played two shows at Birmingham Odeon and, to mark the 40th anniversary of the tour, Matthew wants anyone who was at the gig to get in touch and share their memories.

“It’s 40 years since the sell-out 19 show tour of the UK and I wanted to mark this musical anniversary by setting up a web-based archive.

“I’m hoping music lovers will get in touch to share their memories and memorabilia of the evening, anything from ticket stubs to photographs.

“Perhaps there are people whose parents were at the concert?

“I’d love them to get in touch and share their mums’ and dads’ reminiscences of the Birmingham Odeon gig with visitors to the archive.”

The cinema on New Street closed its doors to live acts in 1987, but in its day hosted legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.

Despite being just
26 years old, Matthew is influenced by the style of the great American crooners, such as Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro and Perry Como

Like his hero, Matthew is taking to the road for a tour starting tonight, April 10, at the Dovehouse Theatre in Solihull, before playing gigs in Redditch, Coventry, Kenilworth and Lincoln.

He added: “I hope the concerts attract a wide range of ages, especially young people who haven’t heard Perry’s laid-back songs before. It’s important to me to bring these wonderful songs to a new generation of followers.

“My vocal approach is inspired by the Perry Como school of music but I aim to develop my own style as best I can.

“After all, as Perry himself once said, ‘...there’s no such a thing as a second somebody... you want to be a first whoever you
are.’

“Personally and professionally, I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher than Mr Como.

* For more information about the Perry Como archive or Matthew’s tour visit www.matthewlong.webs.com

 

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