I'll Never Fall In Love Again

Album: The Best of Tom Jones (1967)
Charted: 2 6
  • This song was released as a single by the Welsh singer Tom Jones in 1967. The song was written by Lonnie Donegan and Jimmy Currie and peaked at #2 in the UK charts. In the USA it was originally less successful, only reaching #49, but it was reissued two years later in the US, this time reaching #6.
  • The name Lonnie Donegan will be familiar to many of you. "The King of the Skiffle" was Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles chalking up 24 successive Top-30 hits in the late '50s and early '60s.

    Jones recalled recording song to The Mail On Sunday February 6, 2011: "This wonderful song was co-written by Lonnie Donegan. I did some shows with Lonnie and we became friends. He was one of the first British guys I heard singing rock in the Fifties.
    One night he said: 'Look, I have this song, you'd sing the pants off it. I've recorded it, but I can't really sing it. It's a sort of a rewrite of a song from the Thirties when the Depression was going on, called I'm Never Going To Cease My Wandering.' I knew that song, because a lot of guys used to sing it in pubs in Wales. I went to his house in Virginia Water, and he got this record out to listen to. It was the B-side of one of his hits. With the big chorus on it, it sounded fantastic. He was singing it Lonnie Donegan style, completely different from the way I did, like somebody busking."
  • This tune is not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach and Hal David song of the same title, which was a hit for both Dionne Warwick and Bobbie Gentry in the late '60s.

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  • Gq from CyprusWritten by Lonnie Donegan and Jimmy Currie, and first released by Donegan as a single in 1962. Its most commercially successful recording was by Tom Jones in 1967. Covered by GQ also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_B4dn3oehk
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 22nd 1969, the 45-minute weekly series 'The Music Scene' had its debut on the ABC-TV network...
    Tom Jones performed "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" on the show; at the time the song was at #8 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, two weeks earlier it peaked at #6 {for 2 weeks}. It had entered the chart on July 20th, 1969 and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100......
    It reached #4 on the Canadian RPM 100 Singles chart...
    The premiere show was hosted by comedian David Steinberg and other musical performers were Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Three Dog Night, Oliver, and Buck Owens & the Buckaroos...
    The show lasted for one season with a total of 17 episodes.
  • Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaIn addition to re-issuing this single in the US after Jones popularity sky rocketed at the end of the 60s, Parrot records also re-issued several Jones albums from the earlier in the decade, with both Green, Green Grass Of Home & Tom Jones Live (alternately known as Tom Jones Live In London) both re charting and earning Gold Record status for a million plus sales in 1969.
  • Thomas Leonard from Pittsburgh, Pa, PaThe song was re issued in the US after Jones hit TV Variety show started airing in 1969. Supposedly his manager at the time, Gordon Mills, had noticed live crowds giving it a favorable reaction after he performed it on the show. The studio version was re-issued around the same time Jones record company London Records/Parrot was issuing a live concert album Tom Jones Live In Las Vegas that included a live version of this song. Both album and single would chart in the US Top 10.
  • Don from Sevierville, TnElvis Presley also covered this song in 1976, on the album From Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee, primarily an album of ballads with only one uptempo rocker.
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