Written by Randy Newman, the original version of “Mama Told Me Not to Come” was recorded by Eric Burdon, and of course Three Dog Night had a big hit with it in 1970. But right now, this version by Tom Jones + Stereophonics is my favorite.
Great, great, singing, and I love the guitar solo. Great outro, too.
In the intense research process that goes into my weekly “Monday Funday Dance Party” selection, I came across this video featuring Tom Jones, Luciano Pavarotti, and a large choir of small children, performing “Delilah.”
Two things come to mind:
1.) When it comes to personal aplomb, not to mention vocal projection, Pavarotti has nothing on Mr. Jones. Nothing.
2.) Why did they pick a song about infidelity and murder for a large choir of small children to sing? Just curious.