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Kiss by Tom Jones

Album: At This MomentReleased: 1988Charted:
  • This Prince song was originally an American chart-topper for the Minneapolis multi-instrumentalist in 1986. Tom Jones' version was recorded with the British avant garde electronica group Art of Noise.
  • After recording a series of country-pop numbers, Tom Jones made a left-field decision to cover this song, and in doing so revived his career. He told the Observer Music Monthly December 2008 how this came about: "If I hear a song I like I'll do it in the show, so when I heard this I sang it in an R&B style. Then I was due to go on Jonathan Ross's program in 1987 to perform the ballad 'A Boy From Nowhere,' and he wanted something upbeat too. My philosophy has always been: when in doubt, do ' Great Balls of Fire.' But Jonathan asked if I had anything new. Art of Noise were watching and they asked if I'd do a version with them. When they sent me the finished version I thought: 'If this isn't a hit, I'll bloody well pack it all in.' It was a busting hit."
  • Prince and Tom Jones were both born on the same day, the 7th of June (Prince in 1958, Jones in 1940).
  • Jones met Prince and thanked him for the song, but didn't ask what his thought of his version, as he wasn't sure he would like the answer. "I saw a movie once that Bette Midler did called The Rose," Jones said in his Songfacts interview. "She goes to see Harry Dean Stanton, a country singer, because she'd recorded one of his songs. She says she's a big fan of his, and just before she walks out the door he says, 'Could I say one thing to you? Don't you ever record one of my songs again.'

    That hit home. I thought, s--t, I'm never going to ask a songwriter what he or she thinks of my version. I'll leave that to them. That always sticks in my mind. So I just thanked him for writing it."
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Comments: 2

On January 2nd 1989, Tom Jones performed "Kiss" on the NBC-TV program 'Late Night with David Letterman'...
At the time his covered version was at #38 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; six days later on January 8th it would peak at #31 {for 2 weeks} and it stayed on the chart for 11 weeks...
It had been twelve years since he had a record on the Top 100, in fact it was exactly 12 years earlier on January 2nd, 1977 that his "Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow" entered the chart at position #90.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
The worst cover of a song ever... Tom Jones' version was embarrassing.Johnny - Claxton, Ga
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