Although Tony Bennett made “Who Can I Turn To” a hit, I know this song mostly because of Matt Monro. And, I wouldn’t know of the wonderful music and incredible voice of Matt Monro if it weren’t for my dad. Monro’s voice is stunning and his vibrato is clear and pure. I truly enjoy the emotional depth of his performances. People automatically recognize the vocal prowess of Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and peers. But, please, don’t exclude Matt Monro as one of their peers. Just in case … I’m just sayin’.
“Dad, I haven’t sung one for you in a long time and it’s long overdue. You are my inspiration. I admire your integrity. I admire your strength. I admire your ability to remain steadfast and stay the course. I admire your genius. I admire your leadership. I admire your loyalty. I admire your uncompromising will. I admire your Spirit. I wanna be just like you, Pops.
I remember Grandpops singing “Who Can I Turn To” since I was a little, round, rolly-polly. You love the music of Matt Monro and I love the music of Matt Monro because of you. I hope you think I sang a decent cover from one of your favorites, Pops! This one’s for you.”
"Who Can I Turn To?" is a popular song. It may be titled "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)".
It was written by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and published in 1964. The song was introduced in the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, which struggled in the United Kingdom in 1964 and then made a tour of the United States later that year. In 1964 Shirley Bassey recorded the song and released it as a single, however it failed to chart. Recorded by Tony Bennett, "Who Can I Turn To?" became a hit, reaching number 33 on the U.S. pop singles chart and the top 5 of the Adult Contemporary chart. So fueled, the musical arrived on Broadway for a successful run, and the song became one of Bennett's staples. Astrud Gilberto recorded a version that was sampled in The Black Eyed Peas song "Like That" from their album "Monkey Business". American tenor Jan Peerce recorded "Who Can I Turn To?" for his 1965 album Pop Goes Peerce. Dionne Warwick covered the song for her 1965 album, The Sensitive Sound of Dionne Warwick. Her version reached #62 pop and #34 R&B. Wynton Marsalis covered it on his first, eponymous album (1981). Donald Braswell II recorded this song on his 2007 album New Chapter. Harry Connick, Jr. included the song on his 2009 album, Your Songs. There is another song titled "Who Can I Turn To". It's written by Alec Wilder and William Engvick in 1941. It's much less well known.