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Green, Green Grass of Home
by Tom Jones
Loved the storyline to this - when I'd eventually figured out the words. But I remember being not so impressed that the arch-'blues' singer Tom Jones had recorded it. From being an extremely soulful 'on-the-edge' vocalist, he's taken some very strange advice on what to sing next. And this wasn't the only unusual choice during this period of his career - how about "What's New Pussycat?"? (Yes, I know it was the theme song for a movie of the same name, and therefore just a project to earn money from, but surely he could have insisted on a more "cool" musical direction?)

I just think he could have become an ultra-smooth and much more highly-regarded legend had he chosen different material to release.

Tom Jones:
:: From the age of 12 he spent two years in bed recovering from tuberculosis, during which time he had plenty of opportunity to discover his love of music. ...
:: He married his childhood sweetheart Melinda Trenchard in March 1957, shortly after they had their only son Mark. To support Mark and Linda (as he called her), Jones worked in various jobs, including in a glove factory and in the building industry. ...
:: He became lead singer of a local band called 'Tommy Scott and the Senators' in 1963, and it was during a gig of theirs in the Welsh town of Cwmtillery that his future manager Gordon Mills spotted him and signed him up.

In #1966 :
:: On March 21st, the US Supreme Court reversed a Massachusetts State ruling that "Fanny Hill" was an obscene publication. AKA "Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure", the novel by John Cleland had first been published in London, England, in 1748. It dealt with a rich middle-aged Englishwoman who, through circumstance, is driven into a life of prostitution. Although the text of the book has no "dirty words" or explicit scientific terms for body parts as such, Massachusetts deemed the replacement euphemisms used as profane. ...
:: At the 19th Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, the movies "A Man and a Woman" (directed by Claude Lelouch) and "The Birds, the Bees and the Italians" (directed by Pietro Germi) were jointly awarded the "Grand Prix du Festival International du Film". ...
:: On August 1st, after stabbing his mother and his wife to death the night before, former Marine Charles Whitman took rifles and other weapons to the observation deck on the Main Building tower at Austin's University of Texas campus, then opened fire indiscriminately on people in the surrounding areas and streets. Over the next 96 minutes, he shot and killed 14 more people (including an unborn baby) and injured 31 others. (One final victim died in 2001 from the lingering effects of his wounds.)

US: No. 11 - UK: No. 1 (also No. 1 in Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Australia)
1966 - Decca - United Kingdom - Not blocked anywhere
Posted: 11th September 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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