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Peel played Tom Jones records on daytime shows while working for Radio London, including on 17 July 1967, when it seemed as if he was forced to play an unlikely playlist that also featured Julie Rogers and the Shadows.
Perhaps surprisingly, when Jones hosted This Is Tom Jones, a TV series for ATV which ran for 57 episodes from 1969-1971, his guest list included many artists who had appeared in Peel's playlists, including the Moody Blues, Julie Driscoll, Arthur Brown, Donovan, the Who, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and even Lonnie Donegan. In the series, Jones sang duets with many of his guests and showed himself at ease with modern soul, R&B and rock material. Although many in Peel's audience (and possibly even the DJ himself) thought of the singer as a middle-of-the-road artist, because his biggest UK hits were pop ballads, the series was made for US TV and featured a wider range of artists than the typical British pop TV show of the time. Stephen Stills, who appeared on the show with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, expressed his admiration for Tom Jones' vocal ability in an interview for Rolling Stone magazine [ref], commenting that "he has incredible chops...his chops are incredible".
Tom Jones spent much of his career on the show business circuit, playing in the likes of Las Vegas rather than at venues specialising in rock or pop, until the late 1980s, when he made a chart comeback. In 1992, Peel saw Jones at Glastonbury and seemed to enjoy his performance, so much so that on 03 July 1992 he mentioned that he was considering getting hold of a recording and broadcasting it as a session. Sadly, it turned out to be one of the Sessions That Never Happened.
Festive Fifty Entries
Shows Played(The list is incomplete. Please add further information if known.)
- 17 July 1967: I'll Never Fall In Love Again (single) Decca
- 03 July 1992: Hard To Handle (LP - Live in Las Vegas) Decca
- 19 July 1992 (BFBS): Hard To Handle (LP - Live in Las Vegas) Decca
- 26 March 1993: Gimme Shelter (v/a album - Gimme Shelter) Food