A vintage performance from 1968 by Tom Jones has been added to the ever-growing catalog of clips from the archives of The Ed Sullivan Show. In a portion of the show broadcast on April 21 that year, the Welsh singing star dips into Irish tradition for a typically impassioned, country-tinged version of “Danny Boy.”
Jones, resplendent in dinner jacket and bow tie, is accompanied by an orchestra that is occasionally seen in the shadows behind him, on a big arrangement featuring horns, strings and a Nashville-style piano feature. Aged 28 at the time of this appearance on the famous, long-running staple of American variety television, Jones had released his version of the tune, which has been recorded more than 650 times, on the album 13 Smash Hits, released in December 1967.
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