Category: Tom Jones

Albums Released In 1968

Born on this day: June 7, 1940 – Welsh pop vocal legend Sir Tom Jones, OBE (born Thomas John Woodward in Treforest, Pontypridd, Wales, UK). Happy 79th Birthday, Sir Tom!!

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On this day in music history: January 11, 1971 – “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones is released. Written by Paul Anka, it is the twenty fifth single and biggest hit for the legendary pop and blue eyed soul vocalist from Pontypridd, Wales. Still riding high on a string of hits since making his breakthrough with debut smash “It’s Not Unusual”, helping net him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as hosting a hit music variety series baring his name, Tom Jones has the biggest hit of his career in 1971. “She’s A Lady” is written and originally recorded by Canadian born singer and songwriter Paul Anka in 1969. Before recording it, “Lady” originally was been written with more risque lyrics that are revised by Anka before he records it. The song is released on his album “70’s” in 1970, though it is not released as a single. Jones covers “She’s A Lady” for his eighteenth album, recording it at Wessex Sound Studios  in London in the Fall of 1970. The title track from “Tom Jones Sings She’s A Lady”, it is an immediate smash. Jones’ version is also backed with his version of “My Way” (also co-written by Anka) on the B-side of the original 45 release.  Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on February 6, 1971, it peaks at #2 on March 20, 1971, hanging in the runner up spot for two weeks when it is unable move Janis Joplin’s posthumous chart topper “Me And Bobby McGee” from the top spot. Over the years, Tom Jones’ version of “She’s A Lady” is featured in numerous films “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Bound” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”. The latter film regenerates enough interest that the track is remixed by veteran club DJ Junior Vasquez and becomes a hit in dance clubs. “She’s A Lady” is certified Gold in US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: June 7, 1940 – Welsh pop vocal legend Sir Tom Jones, OBE (born Thomas John Woodward in Treforest, Pontypridd, Wales, UK). Happy 78th Birthday, Sir Tom!!

On this day in music history: February 1, 1965 – “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones is released. Written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills, it is the first US and second UK single release for the pop vocal icon from Pontypridd, Wales. Born Thomas John Woodward June 7, 1940, he begins singing at an early age. Jones is inspired to become a singer by American R&B performers Little Richard and Jackie Wilson, as well as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. At sixteen his girlfriend Linda Trenchard becomes pregnant, and the couple marry. Working various day jobs, he performs at night with Tommy Scott And The Senators. While gigging they meet producer Joe Meek, recording several sides with him but none are successful. Tom is seen at a club by Gordon Mills, who offers to become his manager. Mills renames him Tom Jones, after the roguish lothario played by Albert Finney in the Oscar winning film. Jones is signed to Decca Records and is paired with producer Peter Sullivan. Tom’s first single “Chills And Fever” released in August of 1964, does not chart. Also a songwriter, Mills pens “It’s Not Unusual” with Les Reed for singer Sandie Shaw, with Jones singing on the demo. After hearing the tape, Shaw suggests that Tom record it himself. The track is recorded at Decca Studios in London on November 11, 1964 with studio musicians Vic Flick (guitar), Eric Ford (bass), Kenny Salmon (organ), John Carter and Ken Lewis of The Ivy League (backing vocals). The drummer is believed to be either Andy White (“Love Me Do”) or Ronnie Verrell, and the lead guitarist is Joe Moretti, in spite of claims that the lead was played by Jimmy Page. It is spun on English pirate radio stations after the BBC initially refuses to play it. “Unusual” rockets to #1 on the UK singles chart on March 11, 1965. Released in the US on Decca subsidiary Parrot Records, it does not take off right away. It bubbles under the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks before finally entering at #90 on April 10, 1965, peaking at #10 on May 29, 1965. It also pulls airplay from R&B stations peaking at #26 on the R&B chart on June 5, 1965. Not having seen Jones beforehand, many assume by his powerfully soulful vocals that he is black. Tom Jones captures American audiences further on TV appearances, enthralling fans with his commanding voice and with a carnal stage presence that hadn’t been seen since Elvis’ entry on to the world stage. The success of “It’s Not Unusual” establishes Jones on a worldwide basis, and winning him the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966. “Unusual” is covered by numerous artists including The Supremes, The Impressions, Hugh Masekela, and Cher. Interest in Jones’ original version is revived in the 90’s when it is featured on the hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air”. Carlton Banks (Alfonso Ribeiro), is seen dancing and lip synching to the song to great comic effect. Tom Jones himself also guest stars on the show performing along side Ribeiro in a few episodes.

On this day in music history: January 11, 1971 – “She’s A Lady” by Tom Jones is released. Written by Paul Anka, it is the twenty fifth single and biggest hit for the legendary pop and blue eyed soul vocalist from Pontypridd, Wales. Still riding high on a string of hits since making his breakthrough with debut smash “It’s Not Unusual”, helping net him a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, as well as hosting a hit music variety series baring his name, Tom Jones has the biggest hit of his career in 1971. “She’s A Lady” is written and originally recorded by Canadian born singer and songwriter Paul Anka in 1969. Before recording it, “Lady” originally was been written with more risque lyrics that are revised by Anka before he records it. The song is released on his album “70’s” in 1970, though it is not released as a single. Jones covers “She’s A Lady” for his eighteenth album, recording it at Wessex Sound Studios  in London in the Fall of 1970. The title track from “Tom Jones Sings She’s A Lady”, it is an immediate smash. Jones’ version is also backed with his version of “My Way” (also co-written by Anka) on the B-side of the original 45 release.  Entering the Hot 100 at #60 on February 6, 1971, it peaks at #2 on March 20, 1971, hanging in the runner up spot for two weeks when it is unable move Janis Joplin’s posthumous chart topper “Me And Bobby McGee” from the top spot. Over the years, Tom Jones’ version of “She’s A Lady” is featured in numerous films “Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Bend It Like Beckham”, “Bound” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”. The latter film regenerates enough interest that the track is remixed by veteran club DJ Junior Vasquez and becomes a hit in dance clubs. “She’s A Lady” is certified Gold in US by the RIAA.

Tom Jones, Priscilla

Presley, and Elvis Presley at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas on April 6, 1968.