A REALITY CHECK WEEK # 2 (MONDAY)!
Tom Jones is "still in the game" of Life..better believe it! He started out at age 17. He's on the road roughly 300 days a year and his son manages him. The man is a Legend, a Survivor. I saw him perform this song in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
Jones first exploded onto the music scene in 1965 with his No. 1 hit “It’s Not Unusual.” From there he went on to release a string of hits before starring in his variety show, “This is Tom Jones” in 1969. The show ran for three years and featured the top musical artists of the time. Throughout his career Jones has released new chart-topping albums while also managing to re-invent his music. He won the MTV Breakthrough Video Award in 1988 with his re-make of the Prince song “Kiss.” The song not only put Jones on top again, but gained him a whole new demographic of fans. Jones' talent and contributions as an artist and performer have been recognized with various awards. One of the most notable occurred in 2006 when he was knighted by the Queen of England. Over four-decades of hits..too long to name here. Among them: "Delilah", "Daughter of Darkness", and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On". In the 1970's, Elvis Presley would slip into a show with his bodyguards in tow and sit in the rafters to watch Tom's show when he had a night off. They remained good friends for life. No, it's not 1969 anymore. But Tom Jones is still a reminder that sticking with it when you've still got it is timeless. Ill say it: He still kicks major ass in his performances. A table full of guys in their 20's and 30's from Wales were seated next to me. They told me they had grown up hearing their parents play his music and knew what an icon he was. "He's one of our countrymen, and we just had to see him here," said one of the guys. They went nuts after this song. When I listen to the screams in this audience, it reminds me of the night I saw Tom. Same thing. I had a BLAST! Therefore...This is our Monday Reality! Crank it up!
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