Song of the Week – Dr. Love, Tom Jones

Ignored           Obscured            Restored

I’m of the age that makes me part of The Beatles generation of music lovers.  I was brought up on the music of the 60s and 70s.  In my perception at the time, the beat groups that wrote their own songs were authentic and were speaking to me directly.

An artist like Tom Jones was too middle of the road for me.  He seemed to appeal to “older” women – you know, the ones so attracted to his sex appeal that they threw their panties onto his stage.  How corny!!!

But you know what – that guy could really sing!  And while much of his repertoire was geared toward the over-thirty, Las Vegas crowd, he could belt out rock and soul with credibility.  A great example is today’s SotW, “Dr. Love.”

It is a big production with horns and female backup singers.  Jones’ powerful pipes ensure he doesn’t get buried under the wall of sound.

“Dr. Love” is a deep cut from the 1966 album A-Tom-Ic Jones.  That’s the one with the cover that was banned in the US over concern that it might be offensive to his American audience.

Enjoy… until next week.

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