Tom Jones and CSNY Perform ‘Long Time Gone’

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Imagine the possibilities. First, Crosby, Stills and Nash became CSN&Y. A great addition even if we’ve lost count of how many times Neil Young has left and returned. And with Graham Nash’s revelation in 2015 that CSN were kaput, what if some of the members teamed with yet another music icon? How about Tom Jones?

Yup, Tom Jones and CSNY

Yup, Tom Jones singing with CSNY

Well, it’s not completely far-fetched. CSNY&J actually occurred. Welsh superstar Tom Jones singing “Long Time Gone” with the hippest band of the day: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The song is a David Crosby composition that appears on the self-titled Crosby, Stills and Nash album.

Roughly two months after the group’s performance at Woodstock, they appeared on the This Is Tom Jones TV series that ran from 1969-1971 on ABC in the U.S., during the height of variety TV series’ popularity. Lest we forget, Jones was a huge star at the time with a string of hits from 1965’s “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New, Pussycat?” through 1966’s “Green, Green Grass of Home” and 1967’s “Delilah.” In 1969, he was just 29 and at his commercial peak.

From the start, Jones takes the lead vocals, ably assisted by Stephen Stills with harmonies by Graham Nash and Crosby. Neil Young supplies a guitar solo. Not surprisingly, Jones displays some great dance moves.

Their collaboration on “Long Time Gone,” from Oct. 16, 1969, is Best Classic Bands’ Classic Video…

Jones still tours; tickets are available here and here.

When he turned 80 on June 7, 2020, he wrote, in part, “It’s a great feeling to hit this milestone. I’ve been blessed with so many extraordinary experiences and have had the privilege of meeting and working with outstanding, talented and inspiring people across many generations.

“It’s amazing when I think about it! To have a life in music, along with love, family, friends, and the most loyal fans throughout the years – who have allowed me to continue to record and tour the world for over fifty years, is truly an honour.”

He released a well-received studio album, Surrounded By Time, in 2021.

Related: We’ve also got Jones’ TV performances with Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin.

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  1. Gimme Shelter
    #1 Gimme Shelter 17 October, 2022, 05:14

    Watching and listening to the guys along with ‘Tom’ literally go bat shit crazy all out on this song is awe inspiring. Amazing what music does for our souls when ‘we let go’. Fan-tastic.

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  2. 122intheshade
    #2 122intheshade 17 October, 2023, 23:35

    Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young & Jones. The supergroup that never was.

    They could have done a killer medley of “Delilah” and “Down by the River”.

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