330) Tom Jones — “Hold On, I’m Coming”
Tom does Sam and Dave! — from his ’67 album 13 Smash Hits and ’68 album Tom Jones’ Fever Zone (and an A-side in Lebanon). Stephen Cook says of the album in All Music Guide that:
Tom Jones dives into a soul bag to bring on the hot flashes, lending his sweat-drenched vocal thrusts to . . . Sam and Dave[‘s] “Hold On, I’m Coming” . . . . [Fever Zone] will have you and your guests screaming for some good scotch to wash those fever-busting aspirin down.
Hallelujah — Jones’s version is so lascivious that he makes Sam and Dave sound like choirboys (not an easy feat)! Of course, Tom Jones needs no introduction, but I’ll just note that:
Tom Jones is one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. . . . [H]is vocal style, a full-throated, robust baritone with little regard for nuance or subtlety, remained a swaggering constant. . . . No matter the style or song, Jones’ powerful, one-of-a-kind voice is instantly recognizable . . . . “It’s Not Unusual,” released in early 1965, became a number one hit in the U.K. and a Top Ten hit in the U.S. The heavily orchestrated, over-the-top pop arrangements perfectly meshed with Jones’ swinging, sexy image . . . .Stephen Thomas Erlewine AMG
And I’ll note that he has a new album — Surrounded By Time — out at 80 years of age which topped the UK charts!
Here is a live version from 1993 with Sam Moore!!! —