“It’s Not Unusual” Performed by Tom Jones (1965)

June 7, 2010


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#3 Adult Contemporary, #10, Pop, #26 R&B

Like Rick Astley decades later, Tom Jones was one of the first popular voices that had we listeners fooled.

My parents, step-mother, aunts and even grandmothers loved his singing (especially the country covers such as “Green Green Grass of Home”) but I loved him first and just knew he was a groovy Black dude until I saw him on TV! ROTFL.

Now when I finally did see him he could have been chartreuse for all I cared — I just knew that he was one of the sexiest things I had seen on TV in my 11 or so years on the planet! Yes, I was a tween in love. I was gonna grow up and marry Tom, Elvis (yes I said it – those movies were groovy) Eddie K and Rock Hudson. Of course having four husbands didn’t seem a problem in my juvenile mind. Where there was a will there was a way.

I am sure there are some Boomers out there that have fond memories of Variety Shows and “The Tom Jones Show” was one of my favorites. I never missed it and sat in front of the TV with my Grandmother to watch every episode. We both LOVED it!

Twenty years later even the sitcom character Carlton Banks of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air loved Tom Jones as demonstrated in this YouTube Classic Clip compilation.

Before there was Tom Jones there was Tommy Scott the singer with the Welsh Beat Group The Senators.  Tommy Scott was born Thomas John Woodward.

Singer Gordon Mills of the Viscounts recognized Scott’s talent and re-named him Tom Jones in 1964.  Jones’ second recording on the Decca label, “It’s Not Unusual,”  hit and the rest became legend. This first hit, composed by Gordon Mills and Leslie Reed, became the signature song for Jones’ entire career.

Musically Yours,

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