100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: What’s New Pussycat?- Tom Jones. Tom Jones first hit ‘It’s Not Unusual’ went to #1 in the UK and $10 in the US early in 1965. Later in the year came his second US hit- ‘What’s New Pussycat? a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David- [who were turning out hits in the 60’s at an alarming rate.] ‘What’s New Pussycat’- went to #3 in the US- it would end up being his second highest charting hit- ‘She’s A Lady’ would go to #2 in 1971. Back when I was a little Hans I would get Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck confused. Later I got it straight- Tom Jones was the talented one.
- Single:’ What’s New Pussycat?’- Tom Jones
- Record Company- Decca
- Genre: Pop
- Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
- Time: 2:18
- B-side: ‘The Rose’
- Album-What’s New Pussycat?
- Peaked at #3 in US Billboard Hot 100, #11 in UK Singles Chart.
Here in NZ his ‘Ten Guitars’ is mythic. When the party has been unplugged by the Noise Police, when the atmosphere has reached that laid back everybody-loves-everybody stage someone will pick up a beer stained acoustic and start warbling ‘Ten Guitars’ and everyone, all generations, woozily joins in. Here it must be picked up by osmosis, ’cause we all know that damn song!
I’m laughing at your comparison of Tom and Engelbert Humperdink. 😀 I thought of Tom as more loud and raw and the Hump as more polished or gentlemanly maybe. My parents liked some of Tom Jones’ songs, so of course I did too as a little kid. But this one I didn’t care for. It was cringey to me.
I was young at the time- 8-9 years old. I knew the women folk kind of liked both of them.
I believe the song was written for a movie of the same name. Jones was a throwback of Elvis and Welsh pub singers that moved to London and became cool. I kinda dug his stuff for a while. Too bad he and Petula Clark didn’t hook up. The movie was terrible.
Was Jones in the movie?
Not sure, but it had a lot of the popular 60s chicks and I believe Peter Sellers.