Tom Jones, What’s New Pussycat, Parrot PAS-71006, 1966
Tom Jones is the kind of singer that has an amazing voice, but somehow never quite had any great material to record. Coming along at the height of the British Invasion, it didn’t take long for the record buying public to differentiate between acts that wrote original material and those that didn’t. Tom Jones didn’t.
Jones’ producers steered him towards film work, and this record was the result. Written for the film of the same name, the title track was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and it became Jones’ second biggest hit in the US, peaking at #3. It was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song.
But it’s not British Invasion music. The rest of the album tries to be, but it comes closer to someone pretending to be a British Invasion act. After singing the theme song to the James Bond film Thunderball, Jones switched focus to being a cabaret performer. He appeared in Las Vegas at least a week a year from 1967-2011, so it’s safe to say that he didn’t really mind not having much of a chart success.
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