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The Rock-itt : December 2009
The Singing Welsh Coal Miner....Tom Jones Born into a coal mining family in Wales, Tom Jones was an energetic entertainer in the 60s who captured the imagination of a generation. He is still performing and recording material which is still in sync with today's music trends. I can still remember seeing Tom Jones on our black and white television in the living room at home back in the late 60s singing the Beatles classic, "Hard Day's Night". Dressed in a black leather jacket and propped behind the wheel of a truck, he did a marvellous job considering the Beatles at the time were the Gods of the music world. To take on one of their songs and make it sound great was quite a feat. With mainstream music coming from England at the time, Tom was in the right place at the right time. Being English was the flavour of the era and Tom was up there with the best of the English entertainers. He actually came into notice with the all time great classic "The Green, Green Grass of Home". This fabulous song showcased Tom's voice in all its glory and it was so good that a coloured blues singers said of Tom, "It is a black voice in a white body". Along with his superb voice, Tom was very masculine and ruggedly handsome with one of the highlights of his concerts was to see ladies' underwear tossed onto the stage by love struck female fans. He was also one of Las Vegas' biggest crowd pullers and met Elvis there when performing and the two became great friends. Although Tom is getting on in years he can still pull a good crowd to a concert and his voice still holds a very good note. You never know when you'll turn the radio on and there will be another new hit song from this entertainer who is as perennial as the "Green, Green Grass of Home".