Happy 76th Birthday Tom Jones
|Birth name||Thomas Jones Woodward|
|Also known as||Tom Jones|
|Born||7 June 1940
Treforest, Pontypridd,Glamorgan, Wales
|Genres||Pop, rock, country, Soul|
I remember watching Martin Scorsese’s wonderful The Blues (a 2003 documentary film series) ten years ago, and there was a fantastic sequence of Van Morrison,Tom Jones & Jeff Beck performing Bring it on Home to Me & Trouble in mind (in the film: Red, White & Blues (Mike Figgis)). I was a big Van Morrison fan, but didn’t really like Tom Jones.. until I saw this. A great performance.
Since then I’ve listened to his music now & then, and his last 2 albums are really great stuff (back to the roots alà Johnny Cash’s American Recordings series)
We have to kick off with the “Red, White & Blues” clip:
What Good Am I? (Bob Dylan):
Doug Weston’s Troubadour, Los Angeles, Mothers Day, May 12th 2013
Tower of Song (Leonard Cohen):
If I Give My Soul (Billy Joe Shaver):
Burning Hell (John Lee Hooker):
Live on Letterman 09-22-2010
4 thoughts on “Tom Jones covers Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Billy Joe Shaver, and more (videos)”
Saw Tom Jones this year and was amazed at the breadth of music he performed, he did all the old stuff of course because that’s what 75% of the crowd wanted, but it was the rest that was the best and what a voice, great stuff
I felt the same as you about Tom Jones until researching “Carrying a Torch”. First heard Dylan do it. Turns out Van wrote it and Tom’s version blew my socks off. (as did Dylan’s) If you’ve never heard it, seek it out.
Thanks for your comment George.
Dylan played it 6 times in 2002, I’ve heard 3 of them.. GREAT stuff.
Also checked out Tom Jones.. good stuff!
Great videos, thanks! I’ve always liked Tom Jones. Great instantly recognizable voice, and he never “phones it in”
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