Stevie Wonder was a music giant when I was a kid. I hope he is more than that now. Tom Jones, on the other hand, was old-folks’ music when I was young. Sometimes getting older is okay. Of course, he didn’t grow on me because I got older, it’s because I got smarter. I have to say, this video is awkward, but amazing.
I don’t remember having friends that listened to Stevie Wonder when I was a kid. I think that was my thing. My oldest brother was listening to Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea during the 70s, but those weren’t my jam. My toe in the jazz waters included Chuck Mangione and Keith Emerson. Mostly though, it was Stevie. I listened to the album Talking Book many many times, and this song, Blame it on the Sun, was always my favorite. I first heard of Tom Jones when my grandparents said they saw him perform in Las Vegas. It was the early 70s. Only later did I realize that his voice was unique and deserves to be in the vocal hall of fame. Power, control, and sexuality. Something most popular music vocalists can only dream of. Tom Jones wrote the book.
This is a live performance of Stevie Wonder’s Blame it on the Sun. What’s interesting here is the difference between the two vocal styles. Wow, two different worlds. That’s why I think it was awkward, but held together by that melody it’s worth a listen.