Last week we covered the career and music of Sir Tom Jones through the 1980s up to 2006.. This week we share some of the hits from the last ten years and his most successful song of his career and I will now hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story.
In 2008 S-Curve Records released “If He Should Ever Leave You” from the album 24 Hours. This was Jones’ first album of new material released in the US in 15 years. “The fire is still in me. Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender.” Jones said. The song was named the 9th best song of 2008 by “Spinner,” and Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
Tom Jones was not about to let the fact that he was approaching his 68th birthday get in the way of performing over 200 dates a year, and setting out on a world tour to promote the album.
“Give a little love,” from the album, is a super duper Tom Jones dance tune. The video for “Give a little love” pays homage to Fleischer Studios cartoons, with Jones dancing with an Expy of Betty Boop. The song was also featured in the first trailer for the Robert De Niro / Ben Stiller film “Little Fockers.”
In March 2009, Jones went to the top of the UK Music Charts for the third time in his career thanks to a cover of “Islands in the Streams“, sung with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Robin Gibb, who co-wrote the original with his brothers Barry and Maurice. The song, inspired by BBC’s hit sitcom “Gavin and Stacey,” was released in aid of Comic Relief and reached No. 1 in March 2009.
“Burning Hell,” a cover of the John Lee Hooker classic from the “Praise & Blame” album, was released on Jones’ 70th birthday (June 7, 2010), and the album debuted at #2 on the UK album chart. Jones appeared on the penultimate episode of “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” in July 2010 and performed “Burning Hell.” By the end of the year Jones had sold a total of over 100 million records.
“Evil” is a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil” and features guest musicians from Jack White’s Third Man Records’ Blue Series, produced in Nashville. You can definitely hear White’s trademark sound on Jones’s rendition of this song. Enjoy this brawny, horn-smacked garage-soul stomper. Jones’ full-throated vocal has no hint of cheese.
The single was first made available through independent record stores in 7″ vinyl on March 5. An exclusive three-colored vinyl was also sold at only one shop – Spillers Records in Cardiff. The shop, from which Jones bought records as a schoolboy in the 1950s and early 1960s, was founded in 1894 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest record shop in the world.
On June 4, 2012, Jones performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, singing “Delilah” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”
Tom Jones has featured as a judge on the voice twice, in 2012 until 2015 when he was replaced by Boy George but returned in 2017 for season six.
In September 2015, Jones announced the long-awaited release of his album “Long Lost Suitcase,” through Virgin/EMI. The album is the third in a trilogy of albums, following “Praise & Blame” (2010) and “Spirit in the Room” (2012). The album’s track titles are interwoven into the chapters of his autobiography “Over the Top and Back,” released at the same time. The producer is once again Ethan Johns and the diverse range of compositions includes songs from Gillian Welch, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and the Milk Carton Kids.
To end the series here is Tom Jones greatest hit ever – “She’s A Lady”
Apparently Tom Jones’ manager, Gordon Mills, asked Paul Anka to write a song that would be a guaranteed hit in the United States, so Anka thought about Tom Jones and women. The rest is history. “She’s a Lady,” became Jone’s signature song. Jones recorded this song on his album “Sing She’s A Lady.” The song reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became Jones’ biggest selling single of all time, giving Anka his first #1 hit in the USA and his only #1 hit in CashBox Magazine.
Buy Tom Jones Music: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jones/e/B000APJ7YA
You can buy Tom Jones’ autobiography: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoir-Sir-Tom-Jones/dp/0718180682/
You can keep up with news and performances: http://www.tomjones.com/news/
Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(singer)
William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.
His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.
William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking
William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.
Connect to William
Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/
Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally