Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blast from the Past

And a rare one. Tom Jones singing "Long Time Gone" with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. This is in September 1969, with the group at the peak of its popularity. CSNY did not do popular TV shows. They refused to go on Johnny Carson for example. Young said the band would just be "curiosity." But for some reason, he consented to do The Tom Jones Show . . . and to perform with the host.

In Jimmy McDonough's excellent Neil Young biography, Shakey, Young's manager Elliott Roberts recounted the bizarre appearance. "It was very highly rated, sold a lotta records, but in retrospect it was embarrassing, just a bad call," he said. "Neil went, "The Tom Jones Show! What possessed you?' Neil never forgave me for that. He ripped me about it for a very, very long time. Years." Read more here.
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