Tom Jones (TV series)

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Tom Jones
Also known as The Tom Jones Show
Genre Variety show
music
Written by Paul Wayne
Directed by Perry Rosemond
Starring Tom Jones
Opening theme It's Not Unusual
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Production
Executive producer(s) Gordon Mills
Ian Robertson
Producer(s) Perry Rosemond (producer)
Paul Wayne (producer)
Clancy Grass ("Produced by")
Editor(s) Ken Hayward,
Gastown Productions
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Production company(s) Clancy Grass Productions, Inc.
Distributor EPI Limited
in association with
Alfred Haber, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel syndicated
Picture format 4:3
NTSC color
Audio format Mono
First shown in 1981
Original run May  – June 1981
Chronology
Preceded by This Is Tom Jones

Tom Jones[1] was a syndicated television variety show hosted by Tom Jones, that aired during the 1980-1981 television season. Twenty four episodes of the show were produced. The show was produced in Vancouver, Canada. The format of the show was for Tom Jones to perform his old hits and solo covers, in addition to new songs with special duet partners. Solo covers included Jones' version of "Unchained Melody"[2] and the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit". Duet highlights from the show included Jones' duet with Tina Turner of Rod Stewart's "Hot Legs, in addition to his duet with Gladys Knight of "Guilty", written by the Bee Gees and originally made popular by Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand. Other singers featured included Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond and Stephanie Mills. Performances from the show have been issued in multiple DVD and CD editions.[3]

In March, 2007, Tom Jones and Tom Jones Enterprises sued C/F International, a licensor of television shows founded by Burt Rosen, whose previous company, EPI Limited, distributed the programme in its first run.[4] The lawsuit accused C/F International of improper licensing sound recordings made from the Tom Jones show. It was contended that any rights that C/F International had to license the Tom Jones show did not include the right to make and license separate recordings of the performances on the show. In addition, it was contended that any rights that C/F International had in the Tom Jones show no longer existed, due to numerous breaches of contract.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Show title per YouTube: "Tom Jones Opening" and YouTube: "Tom Jones Intro 2"
  2. ^ Made particularly popular through the version by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, though with much earlier origins; see Unchained Melody.
  3. ^ For example, Tom Jones & Friends Live; Duet performances issued by BMG Music 1997; Tom Jones: Greatest Performances; Double CD of single and duet performances issued by 32 Pop Records in 1998, Hot and Live, being 38 solo Tom Jones performances from The Tom Jones Show, issued by Import Records in 2000 and Castle Entertainment in 2003. AllMusic Review of Tom Jones: Greatest Performances by Stephen Thomas Erlewine forms basis for much of the information about the show.
  4. ^ Credits per YouTube: "Tom Jones - Twist And Shout (1981) #Credits"
  5. ^ See Tom Jones seeks injunction over recordings, Music Week, 2 March 2007; www.musicweek.com. Examples of contentious CDs include Live on The Tom Jones Show (released 2006) and Greatest Hits Live (originally issued by C/F International in 1981; later license to and CD issue by Prism Leisure Corporation as 30 Greatest Hits - Live in Concert).