I remember when I was in Junior High School and first getting started listening to the radio (KPUG-Bellingham), there were only a few songs and artists that I liked AND that my folks could tolerate. I guess that’s the way it’s supposed to be. A generation later, I never cared much for the rap music my daughter got into either.
One of the songs everybody in our household liked, back when I was an impetuous youth of the sixties, was by Welsh singer Tom Jones. Granted, it is one of his less familiar songs if it’s compared to “It’s Not Unusual,” What’s Up Pussycat,” “Delilah,” or “She’s a Lady” but that says something about Tom Jones’ abilities as a hitmaker. In the US, “Green Green Grass of Home” peaked on Billboard charts at #11 on Feb. 17, 1967. And it did phenomenally well in the UK, reaching #1 and staying there for seven weeks. Since I spent years in country music radio, I can also tell you that Porter Wagoner recorded a hit version of this same song.
I created this video from a couple partial clips that were online. After editing them together, and syncing in a new soundtrack, I think it turned out pretty well. Since the clips were short, it begins with a spinning 45 record, but soon Tom steps in with one of his distinctive performances.
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