Mama Told Me Not To Come

Album: Reload (1999)
Charted: 4
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Songfacts®:

  • Tom Jones' version of this Randy Newman song was recorded with the Welsh band Stereophonics for his 1999 Reload album. Produced by Steve Bush and Marshall Bird (AKA "Bird & Bush") it peaked at #4 on the UK singles chart in 2000.
  • After a lengthy absence from the music charts for several years, Jones resurrected his career with Reload. The album featured 15 cover versions and 2 original tracks ("Sexbomb", "Looking Out My Window") recorded as duets with current artists. Reload became the highest seller of Jones' career, reaching #1 on the British charts in 1999 and again in 2000.
  • Jones recalled recording this song in an interview with The Mail On Sunday February 6, 2011: "In the studio, the band's singer Kelly Jones was in one booth and I was in the other one, and we were looking at each other as we were singing it. I loved it because I felt as if I was singing with somebody who was like me when I was young. It seemed that nothing had really changed in South Wales."

Comments: 2

  • Don from Sevierville, TnThree Dog Night recorded this song in 1970, it was a major hit for them.
  • Rozan from New Haven, CtTom Jones always got portrayed as kind of jokey here in America, but he's a very talented and versatile singer, which he shows here.
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