Before he was ‘Sir’ Tom Jones, the legendary soul singer graced the stage of ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ at the tender age of 25, amazing the audience with his singing and dancing.
Once the upbeat song begins, a bunch of female and male dancers run out onto platform boxes of different heights spread across the ‘Sullivan’ stage. The girls are wearing dresses, and the men are in tuxedos.
Electric energy is in the air as Tom Jones snaps his fingers wildly. He is wearing a black suit with a white shirt with a popped collar, and his shirt is open enough to show a bit of chest as well.
His long flowing black hair covers his neck and flows over his suit jacket. His long sideburns add more style to Tom’s appearance and sex appeal. Tom sings the lyrics, ‘Whatcha gonna do when your baby leaves.’
Midway through the song, the dancers circle up around Tom, and he makes some groovy 60s dance moves. He is snapping and flailing his arms with reckless abandon, and his hips are moving too!
Tom Jones has had a career that spans decades, and it all began with a string of top-ten hits in the mid-1960s. He’s sold over 100 million records and scored 36 Top 40 hits in the U.K. and 19 in the United States.
Tom’s other hits include, ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and ‘It’s Not Unusual.’ This performance on ‘Sullivan’ of Tom’s hit ‘Whatcha’ Gonna Do?’ makes the crowd go crazy and further solidifies him as a bonafide global star.