Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen...Tom Jones!

Before you start laughing, you should give it a listen. And if you don't have time for the entire 13 minutes, fast forward to the 10:30 mark and listen to Sir Tom take on Jerry Lee Lewis.

I don't own a single record by Tom Jones, but I've always liked the guy - and saw him perform live once, way back in 1983 at the late and lamented Sahara Tahoe.

And even Robert Christgau himself once wrote about Jones,

"Jones is very good at what he does. He has one of the best voices in popular music--not one of your failed opera baritones, but a rich, husky ballad instrument with heavy black and country influences and that essential romantic Welsh fillip--and he knows how to use it. Not many singers could do such a wide variety of top-forty material--from Wilson Pickett to Al Green, from Frank Sinatra to Three Dog Night--so credibly."

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