Why, why, why… More Tom Jones?

  • Piece: Delilah;
  • Composers: Barry Mason/Les Reed.

What links Glasgow with Hyde, Pontypridd and Stoke-on-Trent? It is this song, covered by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Biggles Wartime Band, originally sung by PJ Proby, though more famously by Tom Jones. As for the Stoke-on-Trent connection, it is a long time chant beloved of Stoke City fans.

Delilah is arguably Tom Jones’ best known song besides It’s Not Unusual. The subject area of the song itself is pretty dark being a murder ballad. His version peaked at Number Two in the UK singles chart. Nevertheless, it was the UK’s fourth biggest selling single of 1968.

Whereas the Tom Jones cover has an air of suspense thanks to Peter Sullivan’s production skills, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band’s version lends itself to vaudeville. The Biggles Wartime Band version mixes the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’s musical style with the arrangement style of The Wurzels.

Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s version in our Advent Calendar Window is very much a product of its time. A late 1970s to mid 1980s brass band/popular music style crossover arrangement tailored for mass appeal. Which doesn’t quite show the band playing to their full potential.

Behind tomorrow’s Advent Calendar window will be another medley. You might want to get your dancing shoes out for this one.

Behind the door

We have a trio of snowmen, one of them is seen wearing a red and white scarf. Which could also mean Brentford and Sunderland as well as Stoke City, Altrincham and Liverpool.

S.V., 18 December 2020.

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