Tom Jones and Janis Joplin Tear It Up

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Janis Joplin's guest performance on This Is Tom Jones aired in the U.S. on December 4, 1969

Janis Joplin’s guest performance on This Is Tom Jones aired in the U.S. on December 4, 1969

If you haven’t noticed by now, we’re big fans of Tom Jones. We’ve previously posted Classic Videos of the Welsh singer performing with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and a a teenaged Stevie Wonder.

So no surprise, then, that we’d post another clip from the star’s vintage This Is Tom Jones variety series which ran in the U.S. from 1969-1971. The show grabbed a youthful audience eager to see rock stars such as The Who, Joe Cocker, Donovan and the Hollies, while their parents enjoyed guests like Paul Anka, Robert Goulet and Bob Hope.

Related: Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young and Jones

Jones, who hails from Wales, 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.

One of the coolest parts of these clips – many we’re admittedly seeing for the first time ourselves – is watching Jones perform with some of the biggest names in what is now known as classic rock. On December 4, 1969, one of his guests was the great Janis Joplin and the two sang a duet on “Raise Your Hand” which Joplin had featured in her set at Woodstock earlier that year.

Watch the energy level rise in our Classic Video from This Is Tom Jones

Jones, who turned 79 on June 7, 2019, returned to the top of the pop charts in 2000 with the hit “Sex Bomb.” He still tours regularly and when he does, tickets are available here and here.

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  1. Joe
    #1 Joe 11 June, 2017, 00:28

    Ar that e you sure that the video you have here of BBHC was “recorded live – San Francisco Aug. 1968”. Based on the info I have, that is incorrect. Please advise.

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    • Jeff Tamarkin
      Jeff Tamarkin 11 June, 2017, 15:19

      Not sure which video you’re referring to. The one with Tom Jones and Janis is from Dec. 4, 1969, long after Big Brother split up.

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