Cruising Vessel "Kungsholm"
I appreciate your website
about Mr. Vaughn Monroe.
And now I would like to give
you a little background story from the very present about how I came to
know more about this superb singer and band leader--not so well known here
in Sweden, I am sorry to say.
Last week I visited Mr.
Ragnar Andersson, who is a very good artist/painter, living here in
Halmstad, Sweden. He has also a very long career as professional musician
(saxophone, clarinet, accordian, piano), and in that capacity he has been
playing dance and entertainment music for many years on cruising vessels
around the world.
We, that is our duo, went
through some music pieces, and came to the lovely ballad "I Left My Heart
In San Francisco." When we came to talk about the key -- Mr. Andersson's
music was in Ab major -- he recalled a pleasant memory from the cruising
vessel "Kungsholm" from about 1971(?). He then formed part of "The
Kungsholm All Star Orchestra." One evening a tall and handsome man stepped
up on the bandstand and asked if they could play "I Left My Heart ...",
and, very firmly, declared that it should be played in F major. After a
short discussion they said, "Yes, of course!" much depending on the piano
player Nils Nilsson's skillfulness. And what a wonderful voice they and all
the guests had a chance to hear! Mr. Andersson recalled the singer's
surname as "Monroe", and that he was a famous band leader in USA.
The next day I searched on
the web on "Monroe band leader," and immediately got in touch with your
website, with all the information, pictures, etc.
Yesterday I showed Mr.
Andersson several outprints, and he surely recognized Mr. Monroe, as well
as his wife, who was certainly with him on that cruise! He was sorry to
hear about Mr. Monroe's decease.
He lent me a tape, with
recordings from the "Kungsholm" orchestra from July 1971, which he had
received recently from Mr. Nils Nilsson. On the same tape there are also
some very nice recordings from Mr. Vaughn's orchestra. 10/27/05
According to Mr.
Ragnar Andersson's "best memory," the Swedish cruising ship m/s "Kungsholm"
was then (in 1971?) on a cruise probably from the USA to somewhere in the
North Atlantic and back, not visiting Sweden.
onboard formed different groups, according to where they were playing. The
night when Mr. Monroe stepped up and sang "impromptu," they were playing
at a night club, with a smaller group, in which the piano player Nils
Nilsson had a prominent role.
There is a lot of
information about m/s "Kungsholm" on the net, where you can see this
beautiful ship, which was unfortunately sold in 1975 (still sailing around
somewhere, I think, now under the name of "Mona Lisa"?). 11/1/05
Submitted by: Sven E. Borg (Halmstad,